Did you know most produce travels approximately 1500 miles before it reaches your plate? That's a lot of pollution! Plus, how many vitamins are lost during that transit time?
Everything in this box was grown and harvested 30 miles away from my home. And that makes me feel pretty peachy.
We recently subscribed to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share with Z and D Frago Family Farm. I picked up this box yesterday from Debra, who would be the "D" in "Z and D". She is as nice as can be and is a wealth of farming knowledge. It's comforting to meet the people who grow the food I feed my children.
If you are local to my area, take a look at their listing by clicking the link above. If you're not, check out localharvest.org. There are CSA's all over the United States and they usually have several drop off sites in the surrounding areas. Plus, you'll find information on farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies. California's climate allows many farms to continue producing for their CSA subscribers year-round. But most farms will begin their CSA's by May and go through October.
I think it will be exciting for the joeys to see what shows up in the box each week.
And, finding and trying new recipes for some of the interesting produce we would never otherwise purchase, grow or know about, will be a fun and challenging adventure. The exposure of these interesting foods to Bug, Bex & Dee (and myself!) is priceless.
Just look what we have to look forward to this summer (a photo Debra posted of a box that went out to a subscriber in July):
Now that's a bounty in a box!
With such bounty comes humble gratitude.
Let us all be in prayer for the people of Haiti.