Like Fresh Veggies... But Don't Like To Garden?

7:48 AM, Aug 22, 2012   |    comments
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Triad --  Maybe gardening isn't the thing for you.  Maybe you don't have the time... or just don't like dirt!  You can still have fresh local produce through Consumer Supported Agriculture.

Here's how a CSA works.  You partner with a local farmer by paying up front for your produce.  They then have a guaranteed income and you get the veggies.  There are plenty of  benefits besides supporting local agriculture.  You know where your food comes from.  Select an organic farm... or one based on convenience.  You know it isn't shipped across the country.  The trip is as far as you live from your farm. 

Different CSAs work in different ways- so do your research to find which is best for you.  Some will give you choices when they can, about what kinds of things you like.  Others give each person the same thing.  It's can be a challenge to work your way through the basket.  You  might find you love something you would have never thought to try.  You might Google new recipes to find out how to use all your veggies.  If there's something you don't like, you can make new friends by giving it away. 

There's also the  benefit of getting to know your farmer.  Many times they offer recipes and tips.  Plus farmers just tend to be really nice people!  Who doesn't need more of those in their life?

If you want to find the right CSA for you, do your homework.  Here's a good place to start.  If you don't find one close to you, keep looking.  Not all of them are necessarily listed on this site but there are some in most counties.

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