Foodie Friday! CSA's

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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
Community Supported Agriculture

Am I peaking any interest for all you health nuts out there, anyone?? Or, do you already know all about it and I am living in the dark ages and just decided to make an appearance today???

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??




Happy Running,

5 comments:

  1. So I thought I was the last one to discover CSAs! I signed up for one a couple months ago and LOVE it! I find that I eat so many more veggies now than before. It is like Christmas every week, you never know what will be in your CSA bag! I am going to be so sad when winter comes and the CSA season ends. :(

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  2. I love a CSA. I'm in my third year right now. I did two years with one farm and now am doing a new one. I like this one better b/c they tell you what's available each week a few days before pick-up and you choose which 9 items you want. Plus we get fresh bread. Highly recommend them!

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  3. Tobi! You told me last Friday to get over here and check out your Friday Foodie post and life has been dragging me around by a noose, oops, (the neck!) since then. LOL Seriously, it took a few days to get over here.

    First, I'm glad you enjoyed the Community post. I feel so strongly about community, in every sense of the word ~ in the classroom, as I've been advocating for 16 years; in our neighborhoods, where we can support our local merchants/farmers; and now since I started blogging, in our online communities. "Community" truly is WHO we are as humans. Thanks for your kind words AND for piggy-backing the theme... you give me more ideas for some upcoming projects on the Turtles blog. :)

    Next, YES! I love the CSA concept. Started learning about them last year, when I began writing the Eating Good Stuff blog, which sadly, fell to the side as the Turtles grew (though I just renewed the domain - not ready to let go yet! LOL). There are still some posts from last fall about farmers' markets and CSAs on there. I've been AMAZED at another concept that goes alongside CSAs: urban gardening, which has begun to spring up here in Orlando in our downtown (urban!) neighborhoods. It's awesome!

    The Local Harvest site is a fantastic resource! :) Here's a thought for you, too: interested in local meat? I know of a rancher here in central FL who raises/sells cattle locally ~ free of all the nasty stuff and inhumane treatment that's done to animals in the food production warehouses. GROSS. The even have tours for kids/community members and BBQs a few times a year. http://www.deepcreekranch.us/ I met Trish and her family through FB last year, and they are wonderful!

    Here's are a few other resources you and your readers might like:
    http://www.eatwild.com/index.html

    Organic, local food producers by state: http://www.organicconsumers.org/state/greenbiz.cfm?all=homedelivery

    ENJOY!! And now you've got me thinking about a few new posts, some local shopping to do, and a project or two (related).

    I'm also working on the meet-up I mentioned to you, so be on the lookout for an invite pretty soon. :)

    HUGS!
    rob

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  4. Whew! Long comment...sorry! Passionate about the topic. :)

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  5. I am a lover of the CSA - mine has a drop off in my neighborhood - I can bike there. It is so convenient . . . and the vegies are wonderful. We are doing the 1/2 share . . . so we get a full box every other week. I am from Madison WI.

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