Grand Rapids, Mich. (WOTV) - Have you heard the term CSA? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. I think that I first read about CSA in a magazine and then I went on the Internet to see if this was available in West Michigan and how I could go about joining one.
Typically you would sign up in the spring. Joining a CSA might cost you anywhere from $300 to $500 for the season and for that cost you will receive a weekly shipment of vegetables. There are also CSA Farms where you go get the vegetables yourself; this is the kind that I joined.
When you join a CSA you know exactly where your food came from and likely it was harvested that day or week. You receive a seasonal variety of vegetables. There may be items in your bag that you had not encountered in the past and this makes for new cooking adventures.
When you get the produce, there can be a bot of work doing the prep for your intended use or if you are planning to store the produce. This is a great opportunity to get the whole family involved. Blanching corn or green beans, washing lettuces, shucking peas. Vegetables never tasted so good as when you prepare them yourselves.
Lastly, this is a great opportunity to teach our kids where food comes from and about whole foods. My daughter liked going to the farm with me and seeing the land and also meeting the chickens there.
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