local family adventures: community supported agriculture

The hubby and I have always tried (really hard!) to be healthy eaters.  We get comments from people in our lives about the food decisions that we make all the time.  I admit, eating healthy is very difficult, especially when other food choices are available at every corner.  All of my friends and family know that my downfall is ice cream…anything that ends with cream, actually, would be the harbinger of any of my many diets that resulted in “falling off the wagon.”

We’ve often perused through the countless stalls of veggies at our local UC Irvine farmer’s market (every Saturday across from UC Irvine’s campus – highly recommended!) and we decided, during one of our visits, to figure out just how we could make the farmer’s market a part of our daily routine.  In comes Local Harvest, a website which connects the community to nearby farms that supply their harvests to the public!

We have currently become a part of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.  Want to know more about CSA?  Per Local Harvest, here’s what they’ve got to say…

Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

CSA is an amazing program!  We pick up our basket from South Coast Farms every other Thursday at our favorite local restaurant, which coincidentally was a drop site for our farm.  The baskets are fabulous – full of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, with some flowers on the side!  I’ve learned that fresh fruits and vegetables don’t look as pretty as the fruits & veggies that you buy at the supermarket, which kind of makes you think…OH, and the hubby laughs every time I see a caterpillar in our greens (I’m not so good with animals…haha).  We have taken on the bi-weekly challenge of identifying fruits & veggies that we have never seen (or eaten before).  It really makes you think about what we eat and what is truly in season as Mother Nature has intended!

So, check it out, if you’d like!!  :)  Maybe some photos from our last basket will set you on your way…enjoy!



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