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Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)

Community Supported AgricultureAre you familiar with Community Supported Agriculture?  Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great way to support farms in your community, while getting fresh, local fruits and veggies.

With a CSA, a farmer offers a shares to the public.  These shares generally include vegetables and fruit, and people can actually purchase a share and regularly receive a box filled with all sorts of farm fresh produce.  Depending on the CSA, you either will go to the farm to pick it up or there are pick-up points.

There are plenty of benefits to partaking in a CSA.  First and foremost, the food is local, in season, and extremely fresh.  Because they're so fresh, they'll taste delicious and be filled with all the vitamin goodness!  You might also get some vegetables you've never heard of, which can be fun in terms of experimenting in the kitchen.

It's also a way to get to know the people who are growing your food.  Sometimes you can even get to visit the farm, which is always fun and educational -- especially if you have kids!

Many CSAs are organic, or even if they're not organic they might use less pesticides than the average vegetable you get at the supermarket.

One other great benefit of a CSA is that you'll get different foods depending on the season, so you might not have time to get sick of anything.  For instance, here in Massachusetts your share might be chock full of lettuce in July, and then squash in September.

Sometimes she shares can be really big, so if your family is small, consider going in on one with some friends or neighbors. 

LocalHarvest.org has a search function where you can find CSAs by zip code.  You can also search for farmers markets, co-ops, restaurants, and more.