Thursday, June 16, 2011

yay for c.s.a.!

thanks to FogandSmogFilms for the rad video.

the choices we make about the food we take influence our health, local communities, and the whole wide world. so, eat good real food. when you eat good real food, you make a difference. whole foods has good real food, but farmers' markets and community supported agriculture are groovy ways to get some local good real food too. unlike whole foods, c.s.a. is very affordable and keeps your dollars local. you help sustain local agriculture.* also, your skin will look glowier.

we joined a local c.s.a and now pay $20 a week for a box of veggies; it takes me 10 minutes to get it. instead of going to the grocery store and dealing with parking lots and shopping carts, i just cruise over to my neighbor's house with my giant basket and pick up a ridic amount of seasonal and recently harvested organic delights. laid back and affordable. 
since we are truly blessed with a magical climate and good soil in california, it is easy to shop this way. the volume of the veggie box never waivers. we have just as much variety and abundance in january as we do in june. sacramento is also stoked to have a year round farmer's market-- rain or shine, ya'll-- right under the freeway. you could avoid visiting a supermarket for weeks at a time and never feel deprived of good real food. sacramento is cool like that. last week, our veggie box contained the following:

1 bunch of asparagus, 1/2 lb snow peas, 1.2 lb mei qing choi, 1/2 lb spinach, 1 lb red torpedo onion, 1 lb scarlet queen turnips, 1 bunch carrots, 1 bunch redbor kale, 3 heads lettuce**

when you have a box of vegetables to consume every week, it changes the way you eat. we are meat eaters for sure, but now most of our meals are veggie-centric and we are using new recipes that force us to utilize all the veggies. my training*** at the school of natural cookery**** certainly helps with creative vegetable consumption as well. 
how to eat more veggies:
prep your veggies as soon as you bring 'em home. if your produce is washed and ready to go (as a snack, or as an ingredient in another dish), you are more likely to use it. an especially useful tip for those leafy greens.

* you can't eat money.

**we also enjoy our own garden's delights, namely herbs, peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers (a salsa garden).

***and a lovely tour of duty at the blue heron natural foods bakery & restaurant-- lemon tahini forever!

****check out my teacher mz. joanne saltzman's natural cookery bookery for some good real recipes.

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