Written by Katherine M. Coleman, M.N.T.
If you live close by our office, you can buy a share and pick it up at The Healing Center every Wednesday between 3:30 and 6:30PM. Shares not picked up Thursday by noon will be donated.
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. This means community members purchase a “share” to support a local farm. Summer CSA shares may be chosen individually and can include anything from cheese, fruit, organic vegetables, mushrooms, to eggs, and more. Price of each varies, and the choice is up to you!
Benefits of a CSA
As The Healing Center is an allergy clinic, and we know that allergies may present as a result of overconsumption (such as corn), our favorite part of being a CSA member is the discovery of new foods. Each week you’re presented with a box of beautiful produce—it’s like getting a present every week! This also forces you to cook out of your comfort zone and expand your palette. Summer CSA members will get a weekly email preparing them for what to expect in the next week’s share so you have plenty of time to forage for recipes. Grant Family Farms also has a Recipes and Veggie Glossary.
There are numerous health benefits to becoming a CSA member. The food is fresher and more nutritious because there is less distance traveled from the farm to your pick up station. Furthermore, you’re helping to decrease pollution by reducing fuel consumption and global warming. Additionally, as Grant Family Farms is a certified organic farm, you’ll avoid the chemicals and pesticides sprayed on conventional foods, known to modulate brain function, hormones, and immunity (Chensheng, Schnieder, Robinson).
Rather than supporting big agriculture conglomerates, you’re supporting your local farmer and the local economy. Your hard earned dollars stay close to home because it moves through fewer hands and goes back to the people actually growing your food. In conjunction, a CSA membership gets you and your children to connect to the origin of their food and it’s cyclical nature!
Chensheng Lu, Dana B. Barr, Melanie A. Pearson, and Lance A. Waller; Dietary Intake and Its Contribution to Longitudinal Organophosphorus Pesticide Exposure in Urban/Suburban Children.
Schneider, Andrew: “Harmful Pesticides Found In Everyday Food Products”. Seattle P.I., January 30, 2008. (http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/349263_pesticide30.html)
Robinson, Kelley N.: “Food Pesticides and Their Risks To Children”. (http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1996/2/96.02.06.x.html)