One of the things I most look forward to as the seasons change is my package of herbal goodies coming from Wild and Wise as part of their seasonal CSA.
What’s a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Traditionally, farms accept sign-ups from members of the community and, in return, the community members receive a box of fruits and veggies at a certain interval. You are essentially purchasing a ‘share’ in the farm to help assist production during that season. It’s a great way to receive wonderful local, fresh produce in your area!
An Herbal CSA is the same deal, except rather than purchasing a share on a veggie farm, you’re purchasing a share of an herbal garden or farm to support the growth and production of herbal medicine. I love that the CSA has spread beyond just fruits and veggies!
Choosing an Herbal CSA.
While I was on the hunt for an herbal CSA, I really wanted to find something local, something that offered a handful of products with each package, and something that was sent with the changing of seasons. For herbs, especially, the shift of seasons calls for a different set of medicines to help keep your body and mind balanced and ready for the changes the earth brings.
You may have different wants and needs for your herbal CSA, and it’s really easy to do some research to find one that works for you. I did some searches on Google as well as on Local Harvest before I came across Wild and Wise.
About Wild and Wise!
This CSA is based out of Humboldt County in California, so while it’s not immediately local to SF, I was comfortable with the herbs being grown and the medicine being made just a few hours north. The huge selling point for me on this Herbal CSA in particular was the collection of items sent at the start of each season. It’s perfect!
I also love that this is mostly a one-woman show headed by Nicole Gagliano, who puts her heart into everything she makes and really focuses on her goal of bringing community together around the common desire for local herbal medicines. Perfect! You can find more about her and Wild and Wise here, or check out info about becoming a shareholder here.
And Now for the Most Exciting Part! What Came in my Fall CSA Share.
This is the reason I really wanted to write about this wonderful CSA: I am SO excited about the items I just received for the Fall share.
In this share, I received:
- Tulsi Rose Sipping Vinegar (more to come on sipping vinegars because I’ve recently become quite smitten!)
- Peaceful Slumber Tea
- Motherwort Tincture (one of my favorite herbs!)
- Triple Berry Syrup (delicious blend!)
- Herbs de Provence
- Inflammation Tamer
- Newsletter and little sticker!
See? What a lovely assortment of items. In the newsletter, Nicole describes each of the medicines, what they are used for and their contraindications. It’s one of my favorite parts of the season when I get to curl up on the couch and read through everything included. It’s like a little treasure chest!
So, that’s a bit about my CSA experience. I’ve really, really enjoyed it. Are you a part of any herbal or more traditional CSA? I’d love to hear your experiences and any recommendations!
**Note: these are my own thoughts and this post is in no way sponsored by Wild and Wise. (I just love the medicines so darn much!)