In recent years, more and more people have become aware of their effect on the environment and started to make lifestyle changes: driving hybrid vehicles, recycling plastics, conserving energy, etc. And eating organic food. Yes, it’s undebatable that organic food is better for you and better for the environment… But were you aware that organic food often travels extremely long distances to get to your store? Hello, emissions. So here’s a novel idea: eat local.
Take it to the next step, and check out this website on Community Supported Agriculture. You can find the nearest farm in your area, and sign up for a CSA, ensuring a weekly delivery of fresh produce that was farmed in your area. This is a great way to support your local economy and ensure you are eating healthy and fresh. Most CSAs require a one-time payment for the entire season, and some also require a few hours of work at the farm per season. Eating local produce is tastier, fresher, and more ripe. The fact that you are also supplied with a predetermined selection of vegetables also adds some variety to your normal eating habits, and you may find yourself eating foods you would have never ordinarily picked out at the grocery store.
For those in the New York area, I just signed up for a CSA with Upper Meadows Farm in Monatague, New Jersey. Upper Meadows Farm features three CSA share options, varying in quantity of vegetables. I selected the “Individual Share,” which allows you to select 4 out of [5 or 6], 5 out of [7 or 8], and 6 out of [9 or more] items available in that weeks’ Family share. The 22 week distribution season lasts from June through October, and pick up is scheduled in the Hell’s Kitchen area on Saturdays. Sounds amazing, right?
I am certainly looking forward to fresh and interesting vegetables in just a few months. Living and dining in New York City has significantly expanded my culinary adventures, and a weekly box of veggies will only help!