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