Why I Love My CSA
If you’re like most people, you’re saying…”what is a CSA?” It stands for Community Supported Agriculture and it’s where you buy a share of the farm and it’s crops for a season and pick up weekly produce based on what is ripe.
I’ve been in my present CSA, Winter Green Farm, for five years now. What I like about them is they are organic, shares are abundant and fresh, they have a 19-week regular season plus an optional 5-week fall season and I can walk to the Hollywood Farmers Market to pick up my share. You can look for Farmers Markets and CSAs near you at Local Harvest’s website.
Why I love having a CSA:
- I pay $565 for 19 weeks of amazing produce. That’s $29 a week!
- The produce is fresher than a grocery store. They usually pick it the day prior, so the only thing fresher is your own garden.
- Because it’s so fresh, it tastes amazing and it lasts longer!
- It helps me eat healthy whole foods. I use my CSA as the base for meals that week.
- Eating healthy keeps me more healthy. While much of nutrition may be controversial, eating more whole organic plants filled with phytonutrients and a rainbow of colors is absolutely good for your health!
- I don’t have to shop or make the selections, the farmer does that for me, based on what’s ripe. This saves me time!
- I LOVE surprises, so it’s kind of like getting a gift each week!
- I get more food diversity than I would get if I was doing the shopping. I sometimes have to figure out what an item is, but they are super nice at sending us a produce list and recipes each week.
- There are no plastic stickers on my produce and almost no packaging, making this a kinder choice for our earth.
- I support my local farmers. Farmers deserve our love and our dollars. It’s not an easy job, yet it’s so vital to our health and well-being!
- Eating local also means fewer resources are needed to bring the food to me.
- I get in touch with the growing seasons as I watch foods come from the farm to my table.
Health begins in the kitchen. ~ Kathy Peterman
Other cool things to know:
- Minimalist Baker’s recipes are seasonal and have helped me find creative ways to use some of the produce I receive. It helps that the blogs author, Dana, and her photographer husband, John, live in Portland.
- Imperfect Produce is now offering fruits and veggies delivered to your door for 30-50% off in select cities. Any yes, Portland is one of those cities! It’s my next thing to try out.
- Just Eat It is a wonderful 70-minute documentary about food waste in our country. It’s a film everyone should see. It’s on Amazon Prime.
- Zero-Waste Chef offers lots of ideas for fun ways to have less waste in our kitchens.
I firmly believe that health begins in the kitchen and that we each can use more fruits and veggies on our plates and our families plates. Check out a CSA to see if it might be of value to you. That’s a lot of things I love and my only thing I sometimes don’t love…is I have too much, so I have to share it with my neighbors, friends and family. Guess that’s not too bad of a side-effect!
Who here has tried a CSA? And how did that go? I’d love to hear from others who enjoy the pleasures of healthy produce boxes. Please comment below.