I'm back from the road, at least until the holidays get here, and while I've been away the CSA season came to an early end. We typically receive 25 weeks' worth of our share, but unfortunately it was a challenging season for our farm and the farms in our area, and the cold weather swept in without any warning, freezing the crops and closing out the CSA season. The Colvin Family Farm works hard for us year round, and they're giving shareholders store credit when the market opens again in the spring to make up for the last few weeks. It's extremely generous of them, but I don't think they needed to do that at all. Because being a shareholder means that we're investing in risks, such as bad weather or pests, and we support our farmers when they face these challenges.
This is my third year as a shareholder, and although this year's pickups ended early, I can say that over the three years the farm has given me an amazing return on my investment. Joining a CSA has been one of the best things I've ever done, and I'm looking forward to continuing to support my local farmers next season.