"Food is essential to Life; therefore make it good."- S Truett Cathy

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

E is for Eating Local

A few years ago I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and it made a lasting impact on my thoughts about the importance of supporting local agriculture and buying local whenever possible. Lucky for me I live in central Texas where we have farmers markets year round thanks to not having that pesky thing the rest of you call Winter :) Last year I started subscribing to a CSA and I love it. For those who don't know a CSA is where local farms have people "subscribe" and pay in advance for a weekly share of the farm's produce. There are many variations; some you have to pay for a whole season, some are weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Some even partner with local livestock farms to provide grass fed beef, poultry, eggs, and other items. 

It is a little more expensive than produce at the local grocery store but I've found it's actually cheaper than if I were to buy the same quantity in all organic produce at a place like Whole Foods. And it's worth it. The produce is fresher, it's organic (mine is- most are) and it's in season. And the money goes to my local farmer, not to some huge agribusiness company. Plus for me it's like a fun adventure, each week I get a box and I don't know what is going to be in it. My farm does post a blog each week telling what is likely to be in it but you don't know for sure until you pick it up. 

I have another blog where last year I was documenting what I got each week and then how I planned to use it all up. I've gotten lazy and did take a short break from the CSA over Christmas due to budget shortages :) Hopefully I'll get back to it as well, now that my blogging excitement has returned. Plus I eat better and don't let as much go to waste when I plan out how to use it all up. Take a look and let me know if any of you would like to see it resumed. 

A great source to find a CSA near you is LocalHarvest.org

Look at this bounty! 


  1. That's a good idea. In recent years due to pain I stopped cooking. But I will pass on your ideas.
    N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium.

  2. Animal Vegetable Miracle changed my life, too!

    Have you read Prodigal Summer? It's fiction, but I felt like it was the fiction counterpart to AVM. And spring is the PERFECT time to read it.

  3. JBG is excellent! We had it until Matt got laid off. Maybe it's time to reup with them :)