We got involved with our local CSA last year for the first time. I have to say, I loved being involved with food grown locally. There’s just no better thing than to be eating foods that literally grew down the road from your house. It’s better for you, the environment, and your local farmer! If you have one in your area (ours offers pick up locations as far as 50 miles from their farm) definitely make it a priority to sign up for one next year.
This week we got radishes, potatoes, bok choy, kale, romaine lettuce, and zucchini. Our local farmers run a blog where they tell you what you can do with different things like radish tops (did you know you can eat those?!) How often do you even get radishes with the tops on from the grocery store? We made pesto and I’m so excited to try it!
Our farmers also share what they did this year with their crops. For example, interested in organic food? Our farmers admit, if they’re going to lose an entire crop they will use certain pesticides. They usually don’t have to though! They share how their weeding and what they are using on their crops this year – so far this year, organic! They aren’t “certified” because they will use them if they have to and certification is actually an expensive process that some farmers choose not to go through.
If you didn’t get a chance to sign up for one this year, hop over to your local farmer’s markets and ask questions, farmers love to talk farming – And we love to know where our food comes from!