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Joined a CSA!

After finishing Michael Pollan's amazing new(est) book, In Defense of Food (which will be reviewed in a later post), my wife Laura and I decided that Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, was right for us. Our neighbors, who read Barbara Kingsover's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food (also to be reviewed later) instead, were way ahead of us. We'd been enjoying locally grown foods (kale, turnips, cheeses - we live in Minneapolis!) at their home for months, so we knew they would have already researched the options. After some consideration, we joined Harmony Valley Farm, a CSA based closer to Madison, WI, but doing a good deal of business in the Twin Cities. Here's a picture of the farm from their web site: aerialfarm The advantages of Harmony Valley were many for us - we already knew what we'd be getting, that it was high quality, locally grown food, that we were supporting a strong local business. Not only that, we could share recipes and pickups with our neighbors. The cost of annual membership is comparable to what we would spend on vegetables at the grocery anyway. Laura and I are excited for our first shipment in March, to see what comes, to figure out what to do with it, to teach our kids the value of locally grown food, and to push ourselves to cook healthier foods.

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I've been thinking of joining a CSA as well, and looked into Harmony farms since they are close to me in Madison. Problem is, eating for one makes the amount of veggies from the CSA kind of tough to swallow (as it were). I'll be interested in hearing how you do with them.
Dave, aren't you eating for two? :-) Harmony Farms was recommended to me by neighbors, so it seemed like the easiest way for me to get started. If I wasn't married, I think I'd use CSA as a pickup line, as in, "I want to join a CSA but it just seems like too many veggies for a single, incredibly rich, good-looking guy with a great sense of humor to eat alone. Maybe you'd like to share?" My big fear at this point is that my kids won't eat sunchokes or kale and I'll be forced to supplement to box. I'll keep you posted. Thanks a lot for reading the post and commenting!
I'll be joining one this spring as well. I found a CSA in my area that lets you buy only the produce you know you'll eat. This is good because I can try new veggies in small portions and when I find ones I like, I can buy more the next week. They send out a weekly email that you order from. I'm totally stoked about this!!
Thanks, I appreciate your comments and stopping by. I was sorry to read about your loss (on your site), and appreciative of the list of remedies. Thanks. -Lee
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