Community Supported Agriculture

A couple weeks ago I met up with one of my girlfriends to catch up over dinner and drinks.  She casually mentioned that my recent “hippie” blog posts inspired her to think outside of the box when it comes to purchasing groceries.  I was beyond excited to hear that she took it a step further and instead of just “going local” and buying produce at farmers markets — she decided to begin participating in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).

The gist:  A consumer pays a fixed amount of money to a local farm participating in the program for any season of their choice.  Depending on the season, this could last anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks.  During that time frame, the consumer will receive a box of produce or other farm products (eggs, dairy, meats) each week.  Most farms have designated drop-off/pick-up spots throughout the region.  Consumers also have the opportunity to visit the farm they are “subscribed” to in order to get to know their farmers.

What I love most about this idea is that it forces the consumer to not only eat locally, but also to eat out less and cook more often.  Naturally, this is the healthier and more eco-friendly option.  I also love the fact that this helps the consumer explore new recipes and become more familiar with produce not generally available in grocery stores.  It’s a great idea and I love that she’s “becoming more hippie” because of me!

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