6.21.2011

Reasons I Love CSA Programs

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Goodness, gracious! I'm always blown away by how quickly Tuesday seems to sneak up on us. Here we are again with another Community Supported Agriculture post!


Before I show you this week's goodies, I thought I'd share some of the reasons why I love our CSA program.


1. Buying locally-grown, organic produce is good for my body and good for our community's local economy. I get fresh produce, and I put money right back into the community I live in. Two birds. One stone.


2. I don't have to try and figure out which vegetables to eat each week. Y'all know I can get into meal ruts...eating the same thing all the time. If it weren't for our CSA program, I'd probably eat the same vegetables every week.


3. It makes grocery shopping a breeze. There's no need to stand in the produce section trying to find the perfect potato. Although I'm sure the employee's at Trader Joe's think Evan and I don't eat fresh fruit and vegetables since they're missing from our cart!


4. It forces me to get creative and try recipes I wouldn't normally make. Like this extremely indulgent, extremely delicious Beet Risotto.

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Alright, here's this week's loot:


Look at those colors!




I'm happy that plums have made a return - such a delicious fruit that I don't think gets the recognition it deserves. SO good. 




You know Evan is most excited about those beets.




Perfect strawberries, don't you think?!




I like to roast green beans - most of their crunchiness remains, but they take on such a deep flavor.


All together now: plums, oranges, strawberries, carrots, celery, beets, zucchini, potatoes, lettuce and green beans. 


Do you belong to a CSA program or buy local produce at farmers' markets?

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