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11/12/10 11:38 A

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Thanks KNIT1PURL2LOSE3 for all the information. I am going to checkout the link in that article to see if there are any CSAs in my area.



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11/11/10 11:00 A

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I think it's about what organic produce would cost in the regular grocery store. But I also factor in the fact that it gets delivered to us, and as a disabled person, the less burden on me to get to the store, shop, get home, unpack, put away, that's a huge "price" I pay in my energy reserves and pain levels. Plus, it's all organic, and mostly fair trade with things like bananas and such, and we're willing to pay more for these things. I definitely believe in putting my money where my mouth is in terms of organic and better quality food, especially with all of my health challenges.

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11/11/10 8:49 A

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Wow, sounds like you get a whole lot during your deliveries. Is it much more cost effective compared to shopping in the grocery stores?




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11/10/10 6:13 P

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We've done CSAs in several states where we've lived. This year we opted to go with year-round organic delivery group that is working out much better, because it's year round and gets delivered to my spouse's work. We also have way more choices than we did with any CSA! But I love supporting organic agriculture. And eating it, too!

In fact, tonight I am roasting one of 2 butternut squashes and a head of cauliflower from last week's delivery, with another butternut squash, tiny pumpkin, huge head of cabbage, big stalk of celery, spinach, carrots galore, potatoes, onions and garlic, all from Boston Organics, still on hand that need to go in a huge pot of veggie soup, perhaps tomorrow.

And I completely enjoyed having one of the apples and 3oz of organic lowfat yogurt as part of my lunch today.

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11/5/10 12:16 A

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I don't, but i do occasionally go to farmers markets.

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11/4/10 1:39 A

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Never heard of it.
Of course, there is not much in the way of farming going on in Alaska right now.

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11/3/10 11:33 P

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I looked in our area and they only have them in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. emoticon

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11/3/10 11:05 A

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I also use Bountiful Baskets when I can. Its great pay 15 or so dollars and get 50 dollars worth of fruit and vegis. They use local growers too I believe.

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11/3/10 10:52 A

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I used to get produce deliveries from Green Earth Organics. All of their products were organic but not necessarily local, and aside from fruits and veggies they had artisian breads, cheeses, pastas, flour, not sugar 'natural' sweeteners, soda... all sorts of things. You could set how often you wanted deliveries and what you wanted and things you never want. It was really neat, and decently priced but even their half box was too much for me to eat before it went bad. Finding something similar with local food would be cool.

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11/3/10 9:57 A

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I belong to Bountifulbaskets.org which has some similarities. It is a coop for getting fruits and veggies some cheaper. They have it in Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada and probably more. It's really worth it if you can share a basket with some one else. Edie emoticon

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11/3/10 8:18 A

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thanks for this ..I put it in my favorites and will tt to my daughters about it

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11/3/10 8:10 A

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I wish there was one locally. My daughter belongs to one last year and she loved it.

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11/2/10 10:46 P

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I'd never heard of it. Of course all of the veggies that I can buy out here in Africa are grown organically. They don't have fertilizer.



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11/2/10 10:39 P

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I've thought about it and as a single person, it doesn't make sense. A half share is the smallest anyone sells and that is enough for 2 people.

But, someone at work is a drop off point for his CSA. When people don't pick up their shares his wife brings the extras to work and then I usually take something home.

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11/2/10 9:42 P

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Sounds like a good resource. I'd never heard of it.

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11/2/10 9:18 P

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There are a couple of farms in my area that are part of a CSA. I considered using one this summer, but was afraid I would have more than I could use. It's an awesome thing for anyone who can use that much fresh produce.



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11/2/10 9:17 P

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Yes! Our CSA is between members of several Chicago Mennonite churches & a Mennonite community farm in central Illinois. We pay in advance & then receive weekly shares from the beginning of June till the end of October. I actually split a box with two other households, & so do quite a few others. It's great to have so many fresh veggies & fruits, but most of us work full time & wouldn't be able to manage the full share.

It has been great for eating healthy, not only because the food is organically grown but also because of the variety & abundance. (The farm isn't certified organic, which is a very costly process, but its practices are organic.) The other day I made a big pot of veggie curry with most of the CSA foods still on hand! Winter squash, various greens, carrots, potatoes, turnips . . . I still have a butternut squash & two acorn squashes to use. Butternut squash can be used like pumpkin. There are so many great recipes to choose from--including here at Sparkrecipes.

My favorite times are when the blueberries & raspberries are coming. Heavenly!

Healthy urban living in Chicago (Central Time)--lots of walking, train & bus commuting, CSA freggies in the summer & fall!


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Never heard of CSA. Will have to check into this. Hope I can find the site through the University of Arizona.

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Hi Team,
I honestly did not know what a CSA was so I read the article that popped up in my emails today. I have shopped and explored our local farmer's market but had no clue that you could subscribe to local farmers for delivery of seasonally grown crops.

Has anyone tried using a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and if so how does it help in your healthy lifestyle?

I have saved this article to my SparkFavorites to read over again and follow up in my area to see if I have any local farmers involved and just what the fees would be. This seems like a win-win situation for some of you there without the green thumb or ability to garden due to space & time.

Here is the article if you want to give it a read:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
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I would be interested to hear team members comments on this one. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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