I’m the world’s worst vegetarian. Despite living meat-free for 20+ years, I rarely—if ever—manage to eat the oft-suggested five to nine servings of fruits and veggies each day.(Wait, is wine a fruit? Didn’t think so.)Still, I’ve always tried to live a pretty eco-friendly life, including the requisite commitment to recycling; use of those funky, twisty light bulbs; and eschewing of chemical-laden cleaning and personal-care products, etc.But a couple summers ago, I upped my crunchy street cred by joining a CSA....more
Lettuce is abundantly good for you, but that doesn’t mean an abundance of lettuce is always a good thing.Which is why I’m sitting here in the community room at the Common Market in Frederick, Maryland, on a sweltering Saturday. Along with 16 other students, I’ve signed up for a class at the popular food co-op called Sensational Summertime Salads taught by Raw Chef Chelly, a wellness coach, vegan chef, and raw-foods guru from New Jersey....more
Imagine picking up a box of groceries at work. Now imagine that the box includes strawberries, snap peas, asparagus, baby lettuce, and radishes all picked that morning less than 20 miles away; a dozen free-range eggs; local goat cheese; a loaf of fresh-baked bread; and a jar of honey. Start envisioning dinner: goat cheese and strawberry salad, asparagus frittata, stir-fry. Finally, imagine that this convenience cost you less than a trip to the store. Too good to be true?
Not if you’re a member of a workplace-based CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.
Eating food locally grown and raised by small farms practicing sustainable farming is a value that I did not expect to embrace with such dedication. I do not like to be lectured when I shop for groceries so the moral high ground approach is not the reason I care so much. I appreciate the earnestness and passion of our farmers. I certainly applaud them for going against the trend of industrial farming despite the hard labour and low profit. As a consumer, what truly convinced me is that dollar for dollar, I get much higher quality, better variety, and healthier option....more
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