Have you seen the popular show, Food Revolution with Chef Jamie Oliver?
In a nutshell he is trying to “makeover” Huntington, WV since they are always ranked as one of the worst cities in terms of obesity and several other associated diseases.
Food Revolution. That’s powerful. Most people need one!
While he’s not the first to coin this term, he’s definitely bringing it more to light.
Even though we’re well aware of how poor nutrition knowledge is with most kids and adults, it was still amazing to watch as kids couldn’t identify very basic fruits and veggies, like tomatoes!
And then I thought about how we are and how we’re trying to raise Ella.
She’s already been exposed to foods that many adults haven’t tried – plain asparagus (not her favorite), quinoa with squash and ground cumin (LOVES THIS), and her ultimate favorite mixture of sweet potato, asparagus, and leeks all cooked and blended (asparagus are acceptable when mixed, I guess). In fact, here’s a picture of her waiting for a spoonful of this delicious treat.
Now, this isn’t to say in 5 years she’s going to demand Twinkies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (I cringe as I write that). But hopefully with exposure to so many different things she continues to enjoy them and makes smarter food choices throughout her life.
What’s the point? Well, the Farmer’s Markets officially open in early April here in Kentucky. And it’s a Saturday morning tradition for the 3 of us to walk there to see what “goodies” they have …
…but in addition, we also joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). We’re lucky to have a Farmer’s Market just a few minutes away from our house. But CSA’s give you the opportunity to benefit from the same great foods even if there isn’t a market as close to you.
I’ll give you the website to find one in your area. A CSA basically means you buy share of a local farmers crop. In Louisville we pay about $600 or so for produce (that is for weekly delivery from May – November) which comes out to around $15-20/week. Then you can usually add on milk, poultry, eggs, meat, etc.
You definitely want to check them out and see if there are any near you.
The farm we’re likely going with this year is 100% organic (not all are), assures you that nothing is picked earlier than the morning you pick up your delivery, and their drop off location is 10 minutes away.
We’re supporting the local farmer, getting more nutrients because of the freshness, and it will taste much better than most produce in the grocery store. Now if those aren't enough reasons, I can't convince you to give it a try!
You can find one in your area by visiting http://www.LocalHarvest.org and typing in your zip code.
Let us know if you’ve ever participated in one and give us your feedback.
My prediction is that CSA's are going to continue to grow by leaps and bounds!