|Organic sweet potatoes, artichokes, lemons, Braeburns, kale, lettuce, celery, spinach, & oranges from a February shipment|
|Chard, lettuce, green apples, kiwi, radishes, white onion, potatoes, carrots, fresh rosemary, & celery from a January box|
|Romaine, celery, heirloom tomatoes, grapes, beets, cauliflauer, plums, pears, & chard from a Fall delivery|
I love the newsletter that accompanies each box; the author, 'Thaddeus,' may not know how much I have learned from his dreamy musings. I grew up in a farming and gardening haven in Southern Idaho and there are definitely challenges to organic farming that I never would have thought about without this newsletter. He makes me want to move to an organic farm and leave Hermosa Beach, L.A., and all of the smog and humans behind. But with their wonderful service, I don't have to give up the beach and I can still eat like a queen. Also in this newsletter are amazing recipes, great recommendations for cookbooks and cooking websites, and a list of what you received in your box. And I am not embarassed to say that I definitely need this list ~ almost every delivery includes a wonderful surprise piece and I have no idea what it is.
If you are interested in learning more about CSAs and finding one that suits you, here are some websites to help you out:
2012 CSA Farm Directory
Local Harvest - lots of great information
Still not convinced?
|Note that this is 1995, pretty outdated in scientific terms; my guess is that conventional isn't all that bad, and organic isn't the panacea of minerals this shows it to be...but you get the point!|
- Fresh, organic produce has more nutrients per serving than grocery-store fresh.
- If you think the cost is expensive, $25 every two weeks provides me with all of the produce in the photos above. I have a $15 co-pay for every doctor visit, not to mention meds, cough syrup, lost productivity, Kleenexes, etc. I think I have made my ROI on this purchase!
- The TASTE is so much richer, and fuller. Sure, sometimes you get small, funny-looking produce, but who cares if it tastes better and you know it wasn't manufactured to be uncharacteristically large, shiny, perfect?
- It's delivered. It saves me time because I typically go to the grocery store once or twice a month for staples and dry goods, and I go back numerous times for produce...but not anymore.
- Known health benefits of reduced risk of heart disease, many cancers, and a host of other health issues. Organic produce reduces this risk even more.
- An improved palate and cooking repertoire. Impress your friends! ;-)
- Extra produce can be PRESERVED for future use so it doesn't go bad.
- Extra produce can be SHARED with friends nearby. I have been known to give away greens when I know I won't be able to eat them on my own before they go bad.
|Gorgeous. They smell(ed) delicious. Can't wait for more.|
P.S. The little blemish on the strawberry on the front was my fault - I smooshed the lid on.