We won't judge you if the thought of having to stop by the local farmers market to get fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables just seems like too daunting of a task after a long day or week of work. We've been there. It just seems so much simpler to stop by the closest grocery store and pick up everything at once. Even if that does mean your squash has seen more miles than you in the past week.
It doesn't have to be that way, though. Joining a community-supported agriculture agreement means having access to the freshest local produce available for pickup at a convenient location once every week.
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Maya's Farm, a small enterprise run by Maya Dailey within The Farm at South Mountain development, is known for it's high-quality produce. You can find her all natural fruits and vegetables at several independent restaurants around the Valley and thanks to her CSA program, possibly in your own home.
Members of the program receive a weekly allotment of naturally grown produce. Since the crops are picked to ensure they're at their ripest, you can expect a different assortment as the season change, with lettuce, tomatoes, vegetables, flowers, herbs, and eggs all potentially popping up in the baskets.
For added convenience, CSA members can choose between four pickup days and eight possible locations throughout Phoenix and Scottsdale:
Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Hillside Spot 4740 E. Warner Road Phoenix, 85044
Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Urban Beans/Tertio 7th Street and Osborn Phoenix, 85006
Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Phoenix Public Market Central and McKinley Phoenix, 85004
Fridays from 2 to 4 p.m. The Café at MIM 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix, 85050
Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. The Herb Box 7134 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, 85251
Saturdays from 8 to 10 p.m. Maya's Farm 6106 S. 32nd St. Phoenix, 85042
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Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. Tarbell's Restaurant 3213 E. Camelback Road Phoenix, 85018
Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. Urban Yoga 3225 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, 85012
Membership costs $300 for a 12-week season which runs from September 20 to December 11 and includes 12 weekly baskets of produce. Payment must be received at the time of application and can be completed online at the Maya's Farm website. You can also apply by mail or at the Phoenix Public Market on Sundays.