Friday, April 8, 2011
How to show Love to your Local Farmer
It's here, it's here! CSA ("Community Supported Agriculture") sign up season! We've made it through a long winter of being disappointed by the produce section in the grocery store and we're ready to once again support our local farmers.
A CSA is a great way to buy local, organic produce. Farmers will offer a certain number of "shares" to the public and a membership will get you a weekly portion of the harvest for the duration of the season. Each week you receive a bundle of organic, home grown, often harvested that very day produce. You will think that you are tasting veggies like radishes, beets, bok choy and field greens for the first time! Not only is the experience delicious, you also gain the benefits of camaraderie and support from your fellow community members volunteering their time, love, and energy. It gives you a great, "down home" feeling. (Not always easy to find in NYC.)
I can't stress enough how wonderful the experience of joining a local food share is. You'll be receiving loads of nutritional benefits and know exactly where your food is coming from. Grocery stores and packaged goods disconnect us from the food we eat and through a CSA, we play a bigger part in keeping our body, mind and spirit healthy.
To find a CSA near you, check out this site! localharvest.org. Don't wait to sign up. Sign ups will close soon and CSA's often sell out quickly. Some even have a waiting list.