Joining a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program is a great way to get regular fresh vegetables from a local source. And as fresh vegetables are good at maintaining a body’s health, fresh flowers are practically essential to making a home feel all healthy and energized, which is why the idea of a CSA for flowers is just so darn brilliant.
Brooklyn Grange, a rooftop CSA operation in New York, just started implementing that idea this summer. Now members can opt to add a “flower share” to their CSA haul and get a new bouquet of fresh-cut flowers every week with their vegetables.
"We've been growing flowers, but it’s the first time we're offering them as a share," said managing partner Anastasia Cole Plakias to DNAinfo. "We're pretty excited. They grow really well at the farm. They're so pretty, they smell so lovely an they stay so fresh."
A share in the flower CSA runs $200 for an 18-week membership. Every week means a new 20-stem bundle of flowers like snapdragons, sweet peas, daffodils, and dahlias, and their freshness means they’re expected to last a whole 10 days. The first installment comes in a quart-sized Ball jar for instant arranging.
Adding a fresh flower service seems like a natural extension to a CSA program. For those of us who aren’t in New York, well, I’ve emailed a link to this story to my friendly neighborhood CSA operation with a hopeful smiley face.