We all know CSA’s are near and dear to my heart. I wholeheartedly believe in the importance of fostering relationships between ourselves and our farmers. There are many ways to do this, many ways to support those local farms. CSA’s offer an opportunity to really be a part of the farm. Julia from Wine in Mom talks today about her love for her CSA. I could not agree more with this post! Can’t wait for you to read it!
For a few years now I’ve been wanting to join a CSA (community supported agriculture) share. How a CSA works is that you pay for your share of the farm in advance and as the crops are harvested you receive a portion of them for no additional charge. My local CSA delivers a box of fresh, locally grown produce to my door once a week Mid-May through Mid September. They also offer a short winter season that run from mid-September through mid-December.
One of the reasons I wanted to join was not only does being part of a CSA support local farms it also gives me the ability to have reasonably priced organic produce for my family. This is my first summer with my CSA and now that we are half way through I can say that I’m definitely loving it.
Here are 5 Reasons Why I Love my CSA:
1. Knowing where my food comes from. I love that my CSA is less than a mile from my home, which means that my produce is about as local as you can get without growing it myself. And because it’s only traveling down the street it means that my family is eating the food at it’s freshest, most nutritious and tastiest time.
2. Sharing it with my son. My son is 3 and a very picky eater but he gets excited every time our box shows up. We open it together and talk about all the vegetables that are in there. Sometimes he tastes what is in the box other times not so much but I do love that he’s becoming familiar with a variety of veggies and learning about where his food comes from. When we drive past the farm he always points out, “that’s where our veggies come from”.
3. Variety! This summer I’ve eaten so many vegetables that I had never tried before and some that I’ve never even heard of before. Like kohlrabi which is in the same family as cabbage but you would never guess that by looking at it. It’s been fun learning how to cook new ways to cook old favorites and trying out new veggies. There of course have been some hits, the beets, and some misses the dandelion greens but all in all it’s been a great experience.
4. We are saving money. While I had to pay in full for the 18 weeks of the CSA back in January now in the summer we are saving money. I tend to base my meals around what is delivered that week. I buy a lot less meat and very few if any vegetables at the grocery store. The quality of my CSA produce is so much better than what i find in a super market.
5. It enforces healthy eating. It’s hard to eat processed food or junk food when you have a fridge full of fresh vegetables staring at you. It also pushes me to incorporate vegetables into every meal of the day. I’ve made zucchini muffins and even put beets in my smoothie.
There is something to be said about knowing where your food is coming from, I love that some nights our meals are completely local. I love that by purchasing a CSA I’m supporting local farmers and local workers. I love the way the produce is always crisp and fresh and how it has a longer shelf life because it only traveled down the road.
Every week I’m excited to see what my CSA brings to our table and I look forward to turning it into a delicious meal to serve at my table.
Julia is a South Jersey girl who enjoys wine, a good book and great cupcake. She is a mom to a 3 year old who keeps her busy with his ever-growing curiosity and energy. Her husband doesn’t know what blogging is but knows she spends a lot of time on the computer. When not on the computer she can be found playing Candy Land, having Road Rally’s and otherwise humoring her son. You can find her writing at Wine In Mom and as a contributor on Jersey Family Fun. Make sure to follow Julia on Facebook and Twitter!