I’ve been posting about what is in my CSA box for ya’ll to see recently. But, I realized that I never took the time to tell you why I use a CSA. For all my local Georgia readers I use BlueBird CSA. Bluebird services Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Griffin, Zebulon, Thomaston and McDonough. Or you can pay for shipping and they will ship to your house. I love receiving my weekly box. I have mine delivered to my home since my boxes come on Wednesday and that’s my busiest day of the week! I personally buy the large box and I pay by the season.
If you’ve never heard of a CSA don’t feel left out. Many people have never heard of a CSA. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Basically, that means that you are helping a farmer in the same state and sometimes even the same county as you, by paying for a share of their farm. I love this idea because it feels to me like I would rather my dollars help Farmer John pay for baseball for his son or ballet for his daughter, instead of just being a drop in the bucket for a large corporation. I also love the fact that I know that I am eating produce that is grown close to my home instead of eating produce that has been trucked across the country and the sat in the grocery store for days or sometimes even weeks. If you want to find a local CSA check out LocalHarvest.org
Let me tell you why I felt lead to purchase from a CSA. When I knew that I was going to start my weight loss journey I knew that the most important thing would be to start eating more fresh fruit and vegetables. Let’s face it whole foods are so much better for then packaged and canned foods. But, I had a problem every time I went into the grocery store I would just stick to my same ole things. I would buy carrots, apples, lettuce or salad kits, green beans and that’s it. I wouldn’t be brave enough to try new things. So, after seeing some friends order from different farm boxes I decided that I wanted to try that. I purchased a season of fresh vegetables. Here’s the best part to me, since the box is dropped off at my door there’s no chance I will chicken out and not buy the new items. I’ve already prepaid for the box so I am going to make sure that I get my use out of it. That helps me be more willing to try new things. Now they are a few downsides to ordering from a CSA, so let me tell you about those. First and foremost, you will most likely end up with something that you really don’t like. I don’t write something off as a dislike until I’ve tried it several different ways. You will find me spending my free time scrolling Pinterest (shameless plug time, want to follow me on Pinterest and see all the good things I am pinning? Click RIGHT HERE) looking for new recipes to try with the items I get in my box. When I get something that I really dislike I just pass it along to a family member or offer it to a neighbor that way I get to bless someone else and not feel like it’s going to waste. The other downside is that sometimes you can get some many things over and over that you get tired of them. I like to freeze some of my items so that come winter I will still have some of my favorite summer items. For example, I will be freezing some yellow squash. Yellow squash is plentiful right now, so I will stocking my freezer with it over the summer.
I save money by using a CSA because I am more likely to eat the things that are delivered since I have already paid for them. And, on top of that the prices tend to be cheaper than the grocery store. But, to be honest the health benefits of eating fresh local whole foods saves even more money by helping you to improve your health.