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Knowing Our Food, A Summer CSA Adventure

This summer my family and I purchased a share in a CSA. Shared Bounty CSA, to be specific. The experience has been fabulous in more ways than I could have ever expected. In fact, I have multiple blog posts about them (and my culinary experiments from the summer) just waiting to be written. This week, though, I realized just how fortunate we have been to be part of the Shared Bounty family. 

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The most common advice in the sustainable/slow food movement is "Know your food." Unless you grow or raise it yourself, there is no better way to know your food than through a CSA. We did a month or so of research before deciding upon our CSA this year, and we mostly decided upon Shared Bounty because Jim and Ramona were also new to the CSA world. As a family, we like to take a chance on the new kids on the block. We certainly chose wisely. We get weekly email newsletters from Jim and Ramona, telling us what our produce is for the week as well as a few recipes incorporating the weekly produce. Their website provides us with little tidbits of their farm life each week as well. Jim personally delivers our CSA goodies to my parents' house and has all the time in the world to answer their questions or chat about their adventures in farming. There has been a standing invitation to come out to the farm and, though we have yet to take Jim and Ramona up on that offer, I'm sure we will in the next month or so.

Jim and Ramona post their farming practices on their website, so we knew upfront they practice sustainable farming, though they are not opposed to the use of pesticides if circumstances require them. We also knew their beliefs on farming and animal raising practices from the beginning. As the food started rolling in, we began to experience the pure, mouth-watering pleasure of eating fresh produce. And the eggs, well they were what inspired me to write this post to begin with. The eggs cook better and taste better than any egg I have ever had in my entire life. The best part about them? We could ignore every single news story on the recent egg recall. We knew our eggs did not come from chickens shoved into a cage with four other birds, living day in and day out in a space too small for them to even stretch their wings much less separate their intake from their outtake. And if tomatoes, summer squash, sweet corn, and many other forms of produce were to be recalled, we could ignore all that too. Because we know our food and we trust its source. It doesn't get much better than that.