Hello friends! In today’s post, I’m going to be sharing one of my favorite decisions we’ve ever made! (I know, pretty dramatic, but we seriously love it so much!) In the spring of 2016, we decided to sign up for a CSA. In case you aren’t familiar, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. The basic process goes something like this: early in the spring, we signed up for our CSA through a Triple J Farm, located just down the road in Georgetown, KY. As a way to commit our support to the farmer for the entire summer, we paid the price up front. The season lasts for eighteen weeks (May-September), and once it begins we pick up a basket at the Lexington Farmers’ Market every Saturday. The baskets are different each week, and the produce changes noticeably as the weeks go on. Our farm sends weekly newsletters, but you really never know what you’re going to get until you’re there!
After such a great first year with our CSA, we didn’t really think twice about signing up again for this summer. So what made us love it enough to commit to another season?
- It has expanded our tastes! We have tried so many foods that I would have never thought to pick up at the grocery store- swiss chard, kale, eggplant, bok choy- just to name a few. While we haven’t loved every single new veggie we’ve tried, we’ve enjoyed the process of being adventurous and tasting new things!
- We are better cooks! I say “we” loosely, because Graham currently does 80-90% of the cooking in our home. That said, there is a noticeable difference in the quality of our meals during CSA season compared to the rest of the year. The freshness of the ingredients makes a world of difference!
- We love supporting local businesses! For as long as I can remember, supporting local businesses has been very important to me. As a child, I remember choosing the local donut shop over Dunkin’, opting for the local coffee shop over Starbucks, and watching the way my parents were intentional with the businesses they chose to support. Over the years my love for all things local has only grown. One of my favorite things about participating in a CSA has been getting to know the farmers we are supporting. I also love knowing that 90% of the produce we are eating this summer was grown less than 20 miles away.
We signed up for the half share, which is designed for a family of 2-4. In our experience, it has always been more than enough food for us! During most weeks we are forced to think creatively about meal combos in order to use up all the food we have. I hope that reading this has inspired you to go out on a limb and try some vegetables you typically don’t eat, check out your local farmers’ market, or even consider signing up for a CSA! I don’t think you’ll regret it!