Sunday, January 25, 2009

Carrots like no other


CSA: Community Supported Agriculture
Every other Monday, I exchange an empty basket for one full of fresh, local produce that is in season. Most of the produce is picked the same day that I receive it. It's so fun to dig to the bottom of the basket to see what I get each week. Many farms offer this type of program, to help promote eating from local sources. This way, you know exactly where your food comes from, and you have a relationship with the people who grow your produce. There are so many good reasons to support your local farms:
  • supports local farmers financially
  • encourages the community to become more aware where their food comes from, and the challenges of growing produce, raising cattle, etc.
  • builds communication between farmers
  • cuts down on money and energy spent on transporting goods
This is a great alternative if you don't have the space for a large garden, and is usually very cost-effective. Some farms even deliver the produce to you door step. So go, support your local farmers. You'll be surprised how much better the food tastes!

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