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Fresher Safer Food

August 14, 2007

Upper Marlboro, Maryland (NBC) -- Every week, Scott Hertzberg leaves his day job in Washington, D.C. to harvest vegetables on his farm about 30 miles out of the city. On Mondays, he brings a whole truckload of food to Capitol Hill to 80 families who've committed to buying his fresh fruits and vegetables all season long.

Hertzberg's and others across the country are involved in Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA. The idea is to bring together farmers and consumers in a partnership to bring fresh food straight from the farm to your table. Food experts say customers like the idea because they have control over what ends up on their plates.

Though CSAs are only a fraction of the nation's two million farms, they're growing. Each farm only accepts a certain number of customers each year. Scott hertzberg is sold out for the season and has a waiting list.

Buying organic doesn't guarantee safety, but customers say the closer they get to the source, the better they feel and the better it tastes. 

To find a CSA in your area, click here.