Is a CSA box the right fit for you?
Community Supported Agriculture or CSA
Is signing up for a CSA box a good idea?
Community-supported agriculture (CSA) connects local farmers with local consumers. This allows the consumer to sign-up for a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly food box. This box may contain a variety of seasonal vegetables; fruits or meat products depending on what box/farm you subscribe too.
As the price of gas climbs here in the Okanagan I start to wonder what vegetables, fruits and berries will cost next winter. With that in mind it’s time to consider signing up for a CSA box and if your schedule works start to visit your local farmers markets.
With our busy lifestyles we sometimes find little time to shop. A CSA box is full of fresh seasonal vegetables giving us the freedom to eat a healthier diet.
When we subscribe to a CSA box we are supporting our local farmers. Our sign up fee helps them get seeds and seedlings in the ground to start the season.
Here are a few advantages to a CSA box:
-It supports local agriculture & local agriculture needs our support. Vegetables and fruit may seem cheaper at big box stores but
think fresh, local and seasonal.
-We eat seasonally.
-There is a smaller carbon footprint. Food is grown locally and we don’t have to do a number of trips to the grocery store during the
-We try different fruits and vegetables. Our fridges always have vegetables and fruit giving us access to fresh healthy choices.
-Gives us a chance to meet our local farmers and see how our food is grown.
-Teaches our children the importance of our food and how it is grown.
-Make new friends. Meeting our neighbours when picking up our CSA box.
-Our food is fresh as it is picked the same day we go to the farm for our box.
Links to local farmers providing CSA boxes in Salmon Arm:
Do you participate in a CSA box?
What do you like/dislike most about the box?