When it comes to eating in a mindful and healthful manner, choosing local and seasonal produce is a wise decision. Unfortunately, many large grocery stores don’t typically offer much in the way of locally grown fruits and vegetables. A lot of the space in a typical produce isle is devoted to the typical standards that are grown in distant locations and spend a lot of time in transport. Many people love to garden and grown their own food for this and many other reasons, but this is not always an option for those who have neither the time nor room to cultivate a garden. A good choice, that may be available to you, is to purchase a community supported agriculture (CSA) share.
Generally speaking, CSA farms are local operations funded by community members who purchase farm shares during or prior to the growing season. In return, members receive farm goodies in the form of tasty and fresh produce, usually on a weekly basis. Some CSA farms have a nearby designated pickup location while others will deliver directly to your door. Often, CSA farms also offer the added benefit of providing organic produce. A typical CSA share will provide harvested treasures over the course of several months and will include a number of delicious vegetables that will spark your culinary creativity and add fun and nutritious variety to your table! Even if purchasing a CSA share is not an option for you this year, it’s a good seed of thought to plant for the future, as it may take time for you to research which CSA farm share program subscription in your area is right for you.