So, I was reading all of your blogs yesterday and I read a post from ROBIN ( if you don't follow her, you should, she is full of wisdom, motivation and just darn sweet!!) , her post was all about Community. It was a great post and really resonated with me. Being on the injured list for 9 months has really kept me away from the running community and I am very eager to get back, especially after that post!! In the meantime, I have been working hard to reduce my carbon footprint, save money, support local businesses, etc, etc.....(all things you can do while injured on the sidelines)......
For Foodie Friday, I decided to stick with Robin's community theme and talk a bit about CSA's. Am I the only one who didn't really know what a CSA was until about a week ago?? I promise I don't live under a rock, but living in Polk County, I always assume that whatever anyone else is raving about, will not apply to me, because I wont find it in my small town.....I was wrong ( well, kind of)
CSA allows city residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers.
When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables from a regional farmer. Weekly or bi-weekly, from June until October or November, your farmer will deliver that share of produce to a convenient drop-off location in your neighborhood.
CSA members pay for an entire season of produce upfront. This early bulk payment enables your farmer to plan for the season, purchase new seed, make equipment repairs, and more.
Shares usually include 7-10 types of vegetables, enough for a family of 2-3 people. Most CSAs also offer half shares for smaller households.
Many CSAs also offer the option of other produce from local farms. For a few extra dollars a week, in addition to your vegetables, you can add fruit, eggs, meat, and even flowers to your order.
I think this is a fantastic idea and after some research, I found a site that lists CSA's in the US and also farms where you can just go to buy produce if you don't want to commit to a CSA. Go to Local Harvest for more info and to find more CSA's near you.
I found 2-5 within 30 minutes ( not in my town, but a close enough drive to reap the benefits, who knew??)!! I have emailed them and I am awaiting info so that I may pick the one that suits my family best. This is a fantastic way to support local farmers and provide my family with fresh, organic produce.
Are any of you a part of a CSA program in your area? Can you give me any feedback, thoughts, etc??