Are there any CSAs close to Penn’s campus?

Dear Benny,
Are there any CSAs (community supported agriculture) with pick-up locations on campus? I’d like to buy a share this year, but the most convenient one I found is for Greensgrow, which has a location at 37th Street and Lancaster Avenue.
—Buying locally

Dear Local Supporter,
In Community Supported Agriculture (known as a CSA), customers pay a fee at the beginning of the growing season for shares of vegetables and/or fruits from local farms and orchards. While there’s no pick-up location on campus yet, there are several that are close by.

Aside from the Greensgrow CSA you mentioned, which includes vegetables, fruit, and a protein each week (www.greensgrow.org), there are several other CSAs with a University City and West Philly presence.

Neighborhood Foods CSA (go to www.farmtocity.org and click on “CSA” at the top of the page; then scroll down to find this farm) has two local pick-up locations: Four World Bakery at 4643 Woodland Ave. on Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m., and the West Philly Food Hub at 37th Street and Lancaster Avenue from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. on Fridays.

West Philly Foods (http://westphillyfoods.com/food) offers a fruit and vegetable share, as well as a rotating variety of sweet and savory pies and pesto made from basil produced on Philly urban farms. Local pick-ups include the Walnut Hill Community Farm at 46th and Market streets and Milk and Honey Market at 45th Street and Baltimore Avenue, both on Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

Red Earth Farm (www.redearthfarm.org) delivers to the 4400 block of Clark Park on Tuesdays and has fruit and veggie shares, as well as eggs, artisan cheese, and yogurt.

Wimer’s Organics (www.wimersorganics.com), which also has optional egg and yogurt shares, has a pick-up on Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. near 47th Street and Springfield Avenue.

Information can be found at www.farmtocity.org.

Originally published on April 18, 2013