I recently attended a tour of a local farm for our monthly dietetic association meeting. This farm happened to operate a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) membership program. I had heard the term “CSA” thrown around a lot but have to admit I wasn’t quite sure what being a part of one entailed. A quick background: Community supported agriculture (CSA) was introduced in 1985 to promote fresh, locally grown food and foster both social and ecological responsibility. A CSA is a concept designed to encourage relationships between both consumers and growers and for consumers to become more knowledgeable about the way their food is grown. One of the main benefits of a CSA is that it addresses the concern of the distance the food travels from farm to consumer. I was shocked to learn that in the US the average distance from farm to consumer is 1300 miles! In addition to decreasing the amount of emissions from long travel time, obtaining the food locally ensures that the money stays within the local community.
After learning about the benefits of a CSA program I decided to take the plunge. I have had a great experience so far and have so many different veggies that have forced me to get creative in the kitchen. This has inspired so many dishes that I will be sharing them weekly for the next few months in a series called “Farm Fresh Friday”. Stay tuned for some delish, unique recipes!