Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Benefits of a CSA

Buy Local & Benefit the Local Economy
 - Buying local means you know where your food comes from making you intimately connected with your food. There is no disconnect between the quality of life the animal lives or the methods used to grow the carrots on your plate. Additionally, you are connected to the seasons. Not all food is available all the time. It allows your taste buds to rest from one great flavor to another. They way you look forward to sandals in the Summertime or to your favorite sweater in Fall... that is how food should be. Having tasteless tomatoes in January just isn't as special or really honest to yourself. Not that you can't buy those tomatoes but having real expectations helps you tune into the season. Maybe even living life in the present tense. A great reference for seasonal, local food is "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life" by Barbara Kingsolver. (I really enjoyed this book as an audio book)

Your support helps us little farms stay afloat and keeps the local food movement alive. 100% of your food dollars goes to the farmer. Curious about how buying local really helps the economy?

A local farmers market was featured in a study conducted by Marketumbrella.org shows how significant money spent locally affects the local economy. The study featuring Cleveland's Kamm's Corner Farmers Market shows:

"Using the Sticky Economy Evaluation Device (SEED) methodology, marketumbrella.org is pleased to report that the Kamm's Corners Farmers Market has an annual combined economic impact of $3,420,287.20 on its vendors, host neighborhood, and surrounding region."

Want to read the whole study, read here. Local dollars spent has a huge impact on local communities.

Eat Fresh & Be Healthy - Your food is fresher and healthier. Once you eat farm fresh eggs you will never go back. Honest. The freshness is unbeatable. With an increase in the the quality and a steady supply of fresh food you will find yourself cooking more fresh real food. I know I did and I know I wasn't the only one. 

Fresh, pastured eggs are honestly more nutritious than store bought counterparts. For example, in 2007 Mother Earth News tested eggs from 14 flocks around the country that free-range on pasture. Their test found that compared to official USDA nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from these pastured hens may contain:

• 1/3 less cholesterol
• 1/4 less saturated fat
• 2/3 more vitamin A
• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more vitamin E
• 7 times more beta carotene

Read more here.

Better for the Environment - Eating local food means food doesn't have to travel miles to get to your plate. Buying food from farmers that care about sustainable farming practices and that care about the welfare of animals, the health of the soil, and protecting water sheds.

Support Local Farmers - You can visit the farm and meeting the farmer. Your CSA farmer should be happy to telling about their growing practices giving you a better understanding of how your food is grown. 

Some additional articles to read:
This isn't an all inclusive list so don't just take our word for it. Do some research. We have some links to make it easier for you.
Why join a CSA? - Silverwood Organic Farm
Why join a CSA? - Free Bird Farm
Why join a CSA? - Breastcancer.org

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