CSA Your Way to Freshness

[picappgallerysingle id=”5079649″]Locavores are folks who love eating fresh, local food that hasn’t been transported long distances to arrive at their table. Farmer’s markets (in season) and growing your own are two ways to eat locally. Another keen idea is to join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). The idea is to provide payment upfront ($300-750 depending on region) so the farmer has funds to plant and provide enough food through the season. Then, weekly, you pick up your basket of freshness and meals become exciting again! While many CSA’s may have opted out of the arduous USDA certification process, most do farm organically, avoiding pesticides and chemical fertilizers – ask them.

In New England, where I live, it can be challenging in the winter months to find fresh vegetables. Here, CSA’s typically provide an over-filled basket of fruits and vegetables from June thru October, but some continue throughout the year by harvesting fall and winter bounties, like root vegetables. Publications like Edible Boston ( – or insert your own city) provide ads and listings for CSAs to help you in deciding which farm most closely provides what your family needs.

If the bounty is more than you bargained for, share not only the bounty but the cost with a friend, family member or co-worker. Share the wealth!

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