I joined a CSA for the summer. Every week, I get a box of produce! So far, I have been blessed with greens like lettuce and mizuna (which I didn’t know was even a thing), turnips (with greens), beets (with greens), carrots, garlic, pearl onions, sage, and oregano.
Here are some of the reasons I love my CSA:
- I know where the food comes from. I went to see the farm, I walked around the beds. I know where it comes from, I know who plants and picks it, and I trust it!
- Low carbon footprint. The plants are grown in Cleveland and they travel to Lakewood. Not a far commute.
- It’s fresh. So fresh. This stuff comes out of the ground and goes into a box and then into my fridge and then into my belly!
- It’s sticking it to the man. Planting a garden is a revolution against corporate control of our food system. I am supporting local farmers!
- It forces me to try new things. I never had turnips before. I can tell you that I am not a huge fan so far, but I have to make them work! I am also reading up on how to freeze my greens because there’s no way I will eat them all before they turn bad. Then I will have fresh, seasonal greens available when they are no longer in season, because I’m saving them now. Planning ahead is a great thing.
My friend is in two CSAs, providing her family with local quality produce, meat, and eggs. If you can’t grow your own food, supporting a local farmer is the next best thing!
Speaking of growing your own, I have planted a garden with potatoes, carrots, zucchini, spaghetti squash, and basil. My mom and I are also going to add peppers and tomatoes. Updates to come :) One day I hope to have chickens to “grow my own” eggs too! Currently I buy eggs from a few local farms. I just love keeping it local.
Do you grow your own groceries? Buy local?