CSA – Community Supported Agriculture
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..in Florida – CSA season!!! For those of you not familiar with this term, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture – in other words, you buy a share of a farm and get a share of what’s grown.
Here’s a picture of the goodies from this week’s share…
To those of you in more northern climates, my apologies. The Florida growing season is kind of backwards. Unless you live in St. Louis, then you might be lucky enough to be a member of Fair Shares CCSA (the extra C is for combined – you get stuff from LOTS of farms/producers). I was a member of Fair Shares back when I lived in St. Louis, part of their inaugural season! It was amazing. My last year in St. Louis 90% of what I ate was locally produced/grown/raised and organic/sustainable. I WAS SPOILED!!!
Then I moved to Florida. The local food movement in Florida is still growing, but it gets better each year. Three years after moving to Florida, I still miss Fair Shares. But now I have the Bee Heaven Farms CSA. Not only do I get local produce every week, but I also get eggs from pastured hens and once a month I get Florida grown rice! I didn’t even know rice could grow in Florida.
So why is this important? From my personal experience, here are some benefits of locally produced food:
- support local business
- fresher produce = higher nutrient levels (many nutrients start to diminish the moment the food is picked)
- know your farmers!
- eating seasonally FEELS good
- quit paying the middle man, more $$ goes to the farmers