I have to admit something. . . It drives me nuts when people complain about the price of “good quality” produce. If you buy all organic from places like Whole Foods, your grocery bill will be high. I can promise you that.
If you’d love to eat more veggies that are high quality, grown locally, and entirely affordable, see if there is a CSA or Community Supported Agriculture share program near you here: http://www.localharvest.org/ Basically how it works is you buy a share of the year’s produce before the season begins. Each week, you get a “share” of fresh, local veggies.
Just go to http://www.localharvest.org/
Advantages for farmers:
– Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
– Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
– Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow
Advantages for consumers:
– Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
– Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
– Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
– Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
– Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown
(Source: Local Harvest at www.localharvest.org)
If you’re serious about getting healthy and eating high quality, fresh, local produce, I strongly encourage you to check and see if there is a CSA program near you. Do it TODAY. The growing season is already starting but its not too late to sign-up. To your health!!