CSA all the way!
Amanda Dolan M.S., R.D.N, L.D.N. | 05.08.13
Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is a group of people from a community who basically buy stock in a local farm and in return the farmer provides them delicious produce that is harvested.
Community Supported Agriculture
Why this is awesome:
Farmers usually receive payment for the crops prior to the start of the season. This helps them to purchase products and equipment they need for the farm to be successful that season. The more money flowing into the farm, the more produce the farm is able to harvest and typically the more cost effective it is for the share holders. CSA’s also help the farmer get to know the people who are eating their produce.
For the consumers, super fresh produce is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants! You are basically eating fruits and vegetables growing as close to your back yard as you can get without having your own garden! Sometimes the produce that you receive in your share is not familiar to you. This gives the community a chance to try new vegetables and preparation methods. Many CSA’s also provide recipes and ways of preparing the variety of vegetables you may get in your box!
Not only can you get fruits and vegetables locally but in Pennsylvania, we have a great resource of free range, grass feed animal farms! Animals that are treated humanely, allowed to eat the food that they should (grass and bugs!), and move around (exercise is important for them too!) have a higher amount of good fats, lower amount of bad fats, and are more lean than other meats in general.
Amanda Dolan M.S., R.D.N, L.D.N. is a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist for Capital BlueCross, and is experienced in working in areas such as cancer treatment, nutrition counseling, and wellness. Growing up, her entire family were locavores – cultivating home gardens, raising animals, and even tapping maple trees to produce syrup. She is married to her best friend and they have the funniest little baby girl! She is striving to continue the locavore lifestyle and pass it down to her daughter and the community.