Transforming Your Family’s Diet (For the Better) With Community Supported Agriculture & CSAs

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Navigating through nutritional recommendations can be confusing. Knowledge about what is and isn’t good for us is always changing. For instance, 20 years ago, people thought that fat was terrible for you. Recent studies have shown that certain types of fat aren’t so bad. There is one piece of nutritional knowledge that never seems to change, though.

You have got to eat your vegetables.

The challenge is getting more vegetables into your diet. One solution that comes with the added bonus of supporting local businesses: farmers markets and/or CSA’s (or “crop-sharing agreements.”)

Farmers markets are places where you can go to purchase fruits and vegetables directly from local farmers. This is a great way to get lots of fresh produce for a decent price while supporting a farmer whose business may be down the road from your home. Also, farmers markets often have less traditional and hard-to-find produce that can add color, nutrition and variety to your family’s diet.

To take things a step further, you can also sign up for a CSA. As part of a CSA, you would receive a box filled with local vegetables and fruit (and sometimes meat as well) at regular intervals- often weekly or monthly. You would either pick them up at a centralized location, or sometimes they are even delivered directly to your door. CSAs, like farmers markets, come directly from local farmers, allowing you to support farmers in your area while providing your family with delicious and nutritious food.

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