On Joining a CSA

• 10 March 2007

Time magazine's cover page this week features a large apple with a little placard on it reading, "Forget Organic, Eat Local". I'm intrigued so I open up the magazine and find the story. After spending 15 minutes reading the entire article I feel I've found a kindred spirit. This foodie yet filet-o-fish-lovin' writer is right up my alley. I encourage everyone to read this little ditty regardless of your take on the whole organic idea--it's chocked full of valuable information.

Here's a link:

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1595245,00.html

Anyway, the article itself is titled, "Eating Better than Organic". Again, intriguing. We've already switched to organic milk in our household but the idea of going totally organic seems so expensive and time consuming; hence, I haven't been super interested in the prospect. However, I found some fantastic info in this article about CSA's (Community Supported Agriculture).

Here is how a CSA works: At the beginning of the season, members pay the farmer a lump sum. Each week, or perhaps once a month in the winter, the farm delivers fresh vegetables (and, for more money, items like fruit, eggs and flowers) to a central location. Prices vary widely depending on where you live. Here in Utah it is very inexpensive fortunately.

You can find your own local CSA by going to this website: localharvest.org.

It turns out it is actually CHEAPER to join a CSA and receive freshly harvested (that day!) produce on a weekly basis than to purchase the same produce at the grocery store. I'm feeling the Alice Waters inspiration through my veins right now just thinking of all that beautiful food I will be able to prepare and cook this summer. We've (okay it's really just me and Ben is along for the ride on this one!) are joining East Farms CSA this Spring/Summer (just a half share this year) and we'll see how it goes before joining for the Fall/Winter block. I will let you know how it all pans out once June hits.

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