Top 3 Reasons to join a CSA:
- KNOW YOUR FARMER: Why is it important to know your farmer? Because, the way in which produce is grown is incredibly important for our health and it's really hard to trust the quality unless you know your farmer. Knowing our food hasn't been sprayed with toxic chemicals is really important. It's equally important to ask the farmers how they keep their soil healthy because healthy soil = nutrient dense produce.
- EAT SEASONALLY: So here is the deal. Nature is very smart. What grows during certain seasons fills very specific needs in our bodies. For example: roots, sprouts, leafy greens, and berries that are abundant in the spring help balance out this mucus forming time of year by scrubbing the inside of the digestive tract, feeding our good bacteria, and assisting the lymphatic drainage system. Like I said, nature is smart and we'll be healthiest if we eat produce that is in season.
- BANG FOR BUCK: prices vary by farm but usually fall somewhere in the $25 - $35 a week range. That is for a box of produce that generally feeds a family of four (that eats meat) or a vegetarian couple. I easily spend that in a week at my local grocery store and I'm not feeding a family. Plus, assuming your farmer is tending to the health of their soil & not spraying with scary chemicals, you'll have produce that was picked a day, maybe two, before you eat it. With that freshness comes increased nutrient density. Plus, it really tastes so much better!
The CSA model is great. You purchase a share of a farms produce at the start of the season. Beginning in late May or early June (depending on where you live) you receive a box of produce every week for the duration of the growing season. Fresh, local, nutrient packed veggies. LOVE! So, if you aren't already a member of a CSA I encourage you to look into it. You can use this search engine to look for a farm offering a CSA near you.