Plugging CSA’s

September 25, 2006 9:45 pm

“What the heck is CSA?”, I hear you cry. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and it’s the wave of the future in food as far as I’m concerned. Okay, maybe that’s putting it a bit strongly, but if you care about your local environment and like to eat fresh, organically grown produce, hear this one out.

There’s been a big problem with e-coli infested spinach lately. Apparently this was tracked to a big company in California, which markets pre-washed, bagged spinach to a lot of supermarkets. I’m not sure if the FDA has pinned down exactly what the root cause of the problem is, but Andy, one of the farmers of the CSA we are a part of, says it may have a lot to do with the industrialized processes they employ to get the product out there. That, and the bags make a nice little greenhouse for the bacteria to grow in. For full details read his article on the matter. If you belong to a CSA, particularly, you don’t have to worry about things like this.

The CSA farmers make sure that your food is grown organically and delivered to you in safe condition. One more reason to bypass big, industrialized processes and go small and local.

Go find a CSA near you (Search engines are your friend) and say goodbye to worries about food safety.

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