Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Summer Lovin'

This summer I fell in love. It has blossomed into a colorful relationship filled with reds, greens, yellow and blues. This partnership even has an official name, but one that I cannot adopt, because many other ladies and gentlemen are already part of its system.

It's called my summer C.S.A. program (community supported agriculture).

For $260, and 16-summer weeks, I receive weekly vegetables. Fresh, crispy, mildly organic, Ohio only grown, goodness. It feels like Christmas comes early when I pick up my fresh blueberries, strawberries, corn, basil, Napa cabbage, and tomatoes. Each week, the mix is different, gorgeous and delicious.

I pick up a canvas bag mix every Wednesday at the main Lakewood Library (Detroit branch), which is the main distribution point. This ever so popular pick-up joint has been orchestrated by LEAF (Lakewood Earth and Food), which is essentially a volunteer based organization of 300 members. The LEAF community partners with City Fresh to distribute the shares with the local farmers and other guest vendors.

I recommend these programs to anyone and any family, and most importantly I save big time. Historically, I’d overspend by $75-$100 at my local Giant Eagle for China-based apples, Chilean grapes, New Zealand kiwis, Idaho potatoes, and who knows what else on other fruits and vegetables. Join now and support your local farmers!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Jen. Glad you are your CSA share! I wanted to make a small correction to your post: LEAF night and CSA pickup is at the Detroit branch of the Lakewood Library. Thanks! See you Thursday.