Why I Love My CSA

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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.

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Sample of one-week share

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.
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I have a lot of fun making new combinations based on what I get that week

Health begins in the kitchen. ~ Kathy Peterman

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My version of Noodle-Free Pad Thai by Minimalist Baker

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.

 

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One of my Mandala Salads inspired by my CSA

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. 

1 Comment

  1. Tina says:

    I love my CSA boxes! I keeps me trying new things I would never try on my own. I like be searching for new recipes!

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