March 10, 2015
Every fruit and veggie you receive is freshly harvested and delivered to you soon thereafter. This is why EVERYTHING tastes better. Plus you get the added benefits of vitamins and nutrients.
2. Support your local farms.
Giving back to the community feels good! It is also important as it allows farmers to better plan before the harvest season when they may work up to 14 hour days.
3. Eliminate unnecessary chemicals and substances from our bodies.
Yes, I am talking about additives: GMOs, Pesticides, Hormones, and more. The only thing we know for certain about these additives is that we don’t know what kind of long-term effect they have on our bodies. With diseases from cancer to high blood pressure to obesity at an all time high we have to protect ourselves in any way we can. If you are interested in learning more, check out Sustainable Table and Wheat Belly.
4. It’s like getting a surprise gift every week.
Our CSA farm sends a “what to expect” email out the day before we pick up our basket. It is exciting to find out what we’ll be receiving and look up new (or old) recipes. When we pick up our basket it is always surprising to see how much of everything we get and to taste test. 🙂
5. You will discover new things you love that you never would have tried otherwise
When I tell friends about being in a CSA they often say that they want to try it but they might get something in their basket they don’t like or don’t know how to cook. In these days where there are literally hundreds of recipes floating around the internet there is no excuse not to try something new. Trust me, with the farm fresh flavor you will like it.
6. Your grocery trips will take less time
Honestly, does anyone like grocery shopping? What could be better than making these trips shorter? When you are receiving a weekly basket of the best fruits and veggies you have ever had you can skip the produce section completely.
7. You will eat less sugar
Anyone out there still think sugar isn’t an addiction?? Well for me it is a full blown one. I take it one day at a time. One thing I know for sure is that when I am receiving my basket I eat less processed sugar because my sugar cravings can be fulfilled through the fresh fruit. I know that sounds crazy but the fruit literally tastes like candy.
8. You will feel like a top chef
Nowadays the internet can be used as a cook book. Once you find a recipe and you may end up cooking vegetables in ways you never knew existed, memorizing instructions, and understanding spices. It is fun!
9. Makes meal planning a cinch
Meal planning is a headache. A CSA can help with that! The CSA stocks your fridge and counters with the main ingredients your meals for the week. You will still have to figure out what you are making and buying certain ingredients but the hard work of coming up with the actual meal plan, is done for you.
For starters, you will slash your grocery bill by skipping the produce section. The CSA I am a share holder in costs me about $20 a week. Are you spending that much in the grocery store on purely fruits and veggies? If you are, I guarantee it doesn’t taste as good and you aren’t getting as much for your money. Here are two examples of baskets we have received:
Example Winter Season: head of kale, romaine lettuce, and cabbage, 2 butternut squash, bucket of strawberries, 4 small sweet potatoes, small head of broccoli and cauliflower, tomatoes
Example Summer II Season: overflowing bag of peaches, container of raspberries, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, pink eyed peas, tomatoes, watermelon
Now, every CSA is different with pricing so you will need to see what is available in your area and how that will work for you. Usually you have to pay upfront for that season so you do need to figure out budgeting which I plan on writing a post about soon.
Do you already take part in a CSA? Why do you do it? If you would like to find one near you try looking here and I urge you to sign up. You will feel healthier and excited about eating your fruits and veggies!