Community-Supported Agriculture Pioneer

RECEIVED Fri., Oct. 8, 2010

Dear Editor,
    After selling for 14 years at the various farmers' markets, I left that scene years ago and went the route of only selling as a community-supported agriculture farm. Since over the years the common theme was what the grower was reselling. Since it is difficult for customers to find out where the produce is being grown, and why should I sell to customers in Austin who didn't have any connection to my farm made me relook at why I should support the farmers' markets managers just to sell my crops. After 21 years of selling, I can say that my farm is more profitable as a CSA; I drive less, grow more, enjoy my family life more, and have a wonderful following of customers with virtually no drop-off. Being certified organic all these years and having never pumped any aquifer water for my cropping and selling lately as a CSA, I realize that the local Austin media naturally overlooks me, especially Sustainable Food Center, Edible Austin, and The Austin Chronicle. In the times of customers who want to know where their food comes from, eating as local as possible is of utmost importance. The local farmers' market customers should all be grateful that a great core group of certified organic growers have persisted through what was found out in California. I am glad that I am one of those original certified organic growers even though I get no recognition from the local media.
Tim P. Miller
Millberg Farm, certified organic
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