Busy lives and constant demands upon our times have left us vulnerable to convenience foods. These processed dishes are often empty of nutrients and include chemicals and fat that we could do without. Innovative new programs with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) have made it possible to have fresh, healthy food delivered right to your door.
If you have wanted to support local farmers and eat a healthier diet but weren’t quite sure how to do it, CSA delivery programs make it easy. You don’t have to track down a local farmers’ market or roadside stand. Simply sign up for a delivery as often as you would like and receive top quality produce that is the key ingredient in a balanced diet.
Depending upon your locally available CSAs, you may have options to receive fruit, vegetables, organically grown produce, and possibly even fresh dairy products. As the popularity of the CSA programs grow, many are adding premium features, such as including recipe cards and serving suggestions with each item in your weekly delivery. The system is ideal for local farmers, who gain a new outlet for their produce. It’s great for you too, because you enjoy fresh, high quality produce without even having to leave the house.
Besides enjoying fresh produce every day, joining a CSA program will help you feel connected with your community. Knowing the farm where your food was grown simply feels better than picking it up at a chain grocery store. You will also benefit from trying new foods. Since CSA deliveries are filled with seasonal produce, you will be exposed to exciting new varieties of fruits and vegetables that you haven’t tried before. You may even find a new favorite.
Your local CSA may offer a variety of options for your deliveries. Weekly or bi-weekly are common offerings. You may also have the option of selecting a premade box or choosing what you would like to fill your box. Each local program is different, so the possibilities are endless. Besides produce and dairy products, some farms have even added cuts of fresh meat to their items available for delivery. Imagine having everything you need for a fresh, locally grown meal delivered right to your door.
If you are interested in learning more about CSAs and what options are available in your local area, visit Local Harvest. This organization educates the public on the benefits of organic food, community gardens, and supporting local farmers. They also have a nationwide listing of CSAs, so you can simply search by zip code to discover what is available to you.
CSAs are ideal for busy couples who value the benefits of healthy eating and supporting your community. Discover what is available in your area in order to eat well, feel great, and live life to the fullest!
Tip: If you’re interested in more, 2 – 4 people food/recipe plans you can go outside your local delivery programs and connect with companies like: Plated, Hello Fresh (Vegetarian Friendly), and Blue Apron. They will provide prepackaged ingredients for meals on weekly payment plans. They also provide recipe cards and even informative how-to videos online.
Written By: Samantha Wilcoxson