I can’t believe I didn’t mention this sooner but guess who I finally got to meet? Some of the beautiful people from Pinckney’s Produce, that’s who! This is Katie, their membership coordinator and social media lady. We’ve been talking online through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for about a year so when they came to Columbia for an info day I marked it on my calendar to go visit at Rosewood Market.

I joined her and one of the farmers, Urbie, for lunch outside on what I think we’ll probably refer to as “that last warmish day in January 2013.” It was so much fun talking about seeds, food, and Beaufort with the one of the guys who uses his hands (well, maybe they use machinery, I don’t know) to harvest the food that I eat for almost half of the year!

That, I think is the really beautiful part of being a CSA member. Getting to connect with the people who care as much about what you put in your mouth as you do really connects you to it more than when you pluck it off of a supermarket shelf. A couple of people stopped by the table while I was out there with them to sign up for shares and to talk about how much they love what Pinckney’s is doing and can’t wait for the spring season to begin.

If you’re interested in joining a CSA, do a little research and find one that meets your needs. Consider drop location, days, price, and variety of produce offered. If you’re in the Lowcountry, Midlands or Upstate of South Carolina, I can’t recommend these lovely folks enough. In fact, it’s on my list now to go down to the farm sometime when it’s warmer and I can maybe see some of the crops in action, or as “in action” as a planted field can be!