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Stock up for fall with a local CSA

Feeding a baby has a way of upping the ante when it comes to stocking the kitchen with fresh food. Community Supported Agriculture is one way to go. And since summer’s end is in sight (sigh), it’s time to start thinking chestnuts, apples, and squash. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best CSA fall shares around.

Eden's Organic farm in Balch Springs (just seventeen miles outside of Dallas) offers CSA pick-up on the first and third Saturday of every month, from April through December. We love that everything they grow is organic and non-GMO. They are now accepting applications for fall harvest ($400), which promises lots of greens—spinach, kale, chard—plus beets, pumpkins, and maybe even a late crop of tomatoes.

Urban Acres Market arranges bimonthly CSA pick-ups at thirteen farm stand locations across the metroplex. Bins come in Full ($50 for 30 pounds of fresh, organic produce), Medium ($30 for 15 pounds), and Mini ($17 for six items) sizes. Add organic, cage-free eggs for $5 per dozen. The best part of this CSA is that it works more like a co-op: you can sign up at anytime and have an on-going subscription until you decide to cancel. And if you sign up now, you’re likely to score some tomatoes, melons, and peaches before fall crops kick in.

And then there’s Artizone, which recently partnered with Earthwise Gardens’ CSA—meaning you can now get a weekly produce bundle delivered to your home for $27.99. Artizone also delivers bread from Empire Bakery, puréed baby food from Half Pint Palates, eggs from Busy B's Market, cheese from The Mozzarella Company, and raw honey from the Texas Honeybee Guild. Score.