Have you chosen which CSA you will join for fresh organic produce this season? Busy, but healthy families need time-saving ways to keep up with their wellness ways. Have you added joining a CSA to your family’s list for the spring? If you are new to the idea, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Farms from your local and surrounding areas put together farm boxes featuring whatever is in season. By signing up as a “membership” you will receive fresh fruits and vegetables often at a fraction of the cost as you would had you purchased these items in the grocery store. Let’s take a look at how a CSA can keep your family in health mode.
Have you considered joining a CSA for organic produce this spring?
Top reasons to join a CSA now:
1. Supporting local farms & keeping money circulating through the community
When money stays in the community it means more good works for the people that share the town with you. Supporting local businesses keeps everyone thriving. Small local farms need the support of their community to act as local “investors” so they can keep growing.
2. You will consume live nutrients through many organically grown foods
Countless studies show us that consuming food closer to when it came from the garden or farm keeps it more alive therefore conferring more nutrient-dense capabilities. When you purchase foods that were grown just up the street or your surrounding areas, your food is not exposed to manufacturing practices such as artificial light, plastic wrap and un-necessary packaging.
3. Helps you get in the kitchen with your kids more
Maybe you are not an adventurous cook, but want to experiment- now is your chance. And, it is a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen. Why not learn about how to steam artichokes or cook with ramps together. If they see you learning about new foods and you ask them to join you, it will build their confidence to try new things. It’s also an excellent way to teach about the values of community food systems.
4. Want some extra exercise with your family, go work the fields
While it certainly is not required to belong to a CSA, some will offer you a discount if you volunteer your time to help out on the farm. Depending on the age of your children this can be an awesome way to get outside, get some labor-intensive exercise and show your kids another example of how our food system works. Not sure if this is available through your CSA, just ask.
The US Department of Agriculture offers this handy guide to help you find a CSA in your area. Already belong to a CSA? Share how this type of food procurement has affected your family’s health and wellness.