Best intentions aside, I haven’t had the time/energy to get a vegetable garden going this year so I think I’m going to join a CSA. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and it is beneficial for both farmer and consumer. It also diverts money away from multi-national/big box/ frankenfooders whose so-called food has been ruining our health with pesticides, harmful genetic modifications and so on.
Here are more benefits of CSAs
Advantages for farmers:
- Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
- Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
- Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow
Advantages for consumers:
- Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
- Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
- Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
- Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
- Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown
I love the idea of supporting local farmers by purchasing delicious organic food from them.