Escapes: Out on the Farm

As city dwellers, one of our favorite ways to escape is to get away from our crowded neighborhood, out into the country where it's a little greener. For the past two years, my husband and I have visited our friends Ed and Jess in Massachusetts, where they get their food from a CSA farm. Last year, we picked farm flowers with them, and this year we picked strawberries and snap peas...

CSA, which stands for Community Supported Agriculture, is a program that allows consumers to buy direct from local farmers. Riverland Farm is run by Rob Lynch and Meghan Arquin, who raise crops within an 18-acre organic vegetable operation. Their produce is sold to CSA members and businesses within 50 miles of the farm.

The farm houses a solar-powered share room (shown in the first photo) where members can pick up their produce. Beyond the share room are "U Pick" areas, where members can go into the fields and pick their own food and flowers.

• To find a CSA farm near you, check out this national site.
• For more information about Riverland Farm in Sunderland, Massachusetts click here.

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