According to the food guide pyramid, the average person should consume between two and four servings of vegetables a day for optimal health. Add it up over the course of a year, and that’s a lot of vegetables!
So if you have to eat so many, why not make it an enjoyable experience? Everyone knows that fresh produce tastes better than frozen or canned, but many assume that fresh is fresh. Sure, you can buy fresh produce at your local grocery store, but cutting out that middle man and buying straight from the farms that produced the food can be a much better option.
CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture) programs are one way that makes buying fresh produce an easy option. In 2014, Mills Family Farm will be participating in this program with the produce being provided by C&C Farm of Stony Point, NC.
The program runs for twenty weeks, from April through September. Every Saturday morning, you can pick up your box of produce at Mills Family Farm. Each box weighs between 15 to 20 lbs and is full of fresh produce that is in season and has recently been harvested. The cost to participate in the program is only $23.75 per week, which is a fraction of the price of what it would cost to buy that much produce at the grocery store on a weekly basis. And obviously the quality and taste of this fresh produce is much better.
Visit our website to see a schedule of what types of fresh produce you can expect to see during certain months and growing seasons. This is helpful in meal planning so you know not to plan a recipe with asparagus when you’ll likely not see that veggie in September, for example. Not only is CSA beneficial to you, the consumer, but also to the participating local farmers who share their wonderful fresh produce.