Joining a CSA (community-supported agriculture) is the best way to ensure you receive a steady supply of prime summer produce from local farms, writes Jenn Ladd for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Luckily, you can find three of the best in the region right here in Chester County.
Vollmecke Orchards & CSA in West Brandywine Township is a 37-acre, woman-owned operation that has been driven by CSA for more than two decades. Members can expect to receive fresh vegetables from the farm and fruits from the orchard. The 22-week season runs from June to November and costs between $379 and $865.
North Star Orchard in Cochranville delivers ripe fruit from August through October. Members receive seven to eight pounds of fresh pears, apples, peaches, and nectarines per pickup. You can choose eight alternating weekly shares for $200 or 15 weekly shares for $350.
Finally, the Collective Creamery offers cheeses from Birchrun Hills Farm in Chester Springs. A monthly share is filled with four varieties of cheese. The season runs from May to September and costs $245.
Read more about the best local CSAs in The Philadelphia Inquirer.