The average meal in the US travels 1,200 miles from the farm to your plate. Buying locally saves fuel & supports local farmers. Sarah also mentioned some other advantages of eating a largely vegetarian diet. Those are some of the reasons I’m proud to be a new member of a CSA. Each week I pay about $15 for a ¼ bushel of vegetables & fruit. Meat, breads, and eggs are also available with CSAs like Avalon Acres, where we are members. Long Hungry Creek Farms is also used by a reader of this blog & has it’s own advantages.
FAQs: At Avalon Acres, we do not get to choose the produce. Other CSA/Coops may operate differently. We are having lots of fun, however, learning how to cook unfamiliar foods. Last week we received yellow squash, patty pan squash, zucchini, cucumbers, onions, lettuce, strawberries, peas, peppers, cabbage & broccoli. The produce varies weekly, according to the crop yield. We actually split a ½ bushel with my parents, which gives us a slightly reduced rate. For 2 adults, I think a ¼ bushel is plenty. There are a variety of days & pickup locations, which might determine where you decide to join.
If you would be interested in joining & adding a new drop-off location, the farm requests about 20 families to commit. Please post here & we can see if we qualify. Or let me know if you have other questions. >carrie.