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Last week I talked about the documentary Food, Inc. If you haven’t seen it yet, please watch it.
A lot of people will watch it and think, “Well I just can’t afford to eat any healthier than I do. Organic food is so much more expensive and I am barely getting by as is.”
There was a time when I thought that way as well. Then I discovered Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).
Basically, local farms set up programs to deliver produce on a weekly (or bi-weekly) basis to people within the community for a set price. Some farms are organic, others aren’t. But all of the produce is locally grown.
When we were living in San Diego, we got the majority of our produce through the CSA program offered by Be Wise Ranch, a local, organic farm.
All of the produce was organic, and it was all locally grown. And let me tell you, it tasted so much better than the stuff we would get at our local supermarket.
Each week, I would go pick up our “box” from the designated location. The amount of produce we got in my box each week varied, but it always filled at least 2 reusable shopping bags.
There was always a wide variety of produce that would include things like lettuce, tomatoes, onions, avocados, potatoes, sweet potatoes, oranges, apples, strawberries, carrots, chard, turnips, bell peppers, radishes, bok choy, pears, zucchini, fresh herbs, leeks and more. It just depended on what was in season, and what was ready to be harvested that week.
Sure, you don’t get to pick the produce, but we really enjoyed that. Each week it was almost like opening a Christmas present because we never knew what we were getting, and we got to try a lot of new things we wouldn’t have otherwise tried. Plus, it saved time since I didn’t have to make a list or try to figure out what to buy at the grocery store based upon what was on sale that week.
Get this. Each week, my huge box of organic, locally grown produce only cost us $30. That’s it. That was a fraction of what I would’ve typically spent at the supermarket, and what we were getting was so much better.
We could’ve gotten the smaller box for $25 per week, or just gotten a box every other week. But getting that much fresh produce for such a small price tag made a huge difference in our eating habits. We started eating a lot more fruits in vegetables in place of the starches we often ate.
So, if you haven’t heard of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), take a look at this website to learn more. They have a listing of CSA programs across the country. Check out your local CSA today. Not only will you be taking a positive step in improving the nutrition of your family, but you’ll be supporting a local business owner.