CSA: Community Supported Agriculture

We came across this video for an upcoming food documentary called the GMO Project and it inspired us once again to look at the food we eat and where it comes from. GMOs are Genetically Modified Organisms – and they are found in a most of the packaged and prepared foods on the grocery store shelves and restaurant or fast food menus. GMOs are made by combining different parts of ingredients in order to get a new ingredient. For example, food companies can add genetically modified corn into a package of noodle soup to make it taste more delicious, or add it to a salad dressing to make it thicker. When companies genetically change the structure of crops seeds to make more profit for themselves…things start to tip off balance. Anytime you mess too much with something natural, it diminishes the health benefits (and skin benefits.)

We are huge fans of farmer’s markets here in California and we love to learn more about each individual organic farm. Incorporating seasonal and fresh produce into your diet is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Fruits and veggies (especially brightly colored and dark green) are loaded with skin-saving antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Many also contain a high water content which helps keep skin moist and plump.

Farmer’s Markets allow you the opportunity to talk directly with the farmer or farm representative that helps grow the produce (no GMOs here baby!) After doing just that, we learned that there are two booths at our local Leucadia Farmer’s Market that offer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs.

The basic idea is that you pay a monthly / annual fee to receive a box of seasonal fruit and veggies directly from the farm at a drop off point like a farmer’s market once a week or once every other week. The CSA boxes are sometimes even delivered to you front door (bonus.) They remove the middle man and put you directly in touch with the farmers that grow your favorite fruits, veggies and herbs.

These boxes always contain some staples like lettuce, carrots or strawberries, as well as something different based on the season and growing region. They are a great way to try produce you may normally breeze past in the grocery store (like turnip greens or rutabaga.)

CSAs are a great way to support your local farmer. When you buy into a CSA, you are buying a share of that farm’s production — not only the harvest, but also the costs of production. A typical CSA will deliver a standard weekly “share” or box of produce to drop points around the area. You pay either monthly, quarterly, or annually for your share.

Here’s a great website for San Diego based CSA programs and one for National CSA programs as well!

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