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Why Are CSA Programs Important?

Posted 2/20/2017 7:05pm by Jenna Untiedt.

Every CSA or community supported agriculture farm is unique in its own way. As a consumer it is important to outline what you are truly looking for when deciding what program is best for you. At Untiedt’s, we truly value the connection we have with our CSA members. We not only grow produce and deliver weekly shares, but hope we can educate members each week about growing practices and what it takes to grow food.  

In today’s society, there is a big disconnect from how and where food is produced. With the influx of grocery stores in Minnesota, consumers have multiple choices on where to purchase their foods. No longer are grocery stores their only options. Farmer’s markets are prevalent during the summer months, and to top it all off, food delivery services such as Hello Fresh and Blue Apron are common household options as well. With so many choices on where to get your food, the thought of how it was grown or where it came from sometimes escapes our mind, let alone how long ago the actual produce was harvested.  

When we have so many options it is extremely easy to forget where our food comes from and how much work it takes to produce the food. With a CSA program, you can regain some of that connection. You can directly connect with a farmer and understand what it takes to grow that head of lettuce you enjoy in your salads or that special type of tomato you wait for in those hot summer months. To me, understanding how something is made or produced makes me appreciate it a little more.  

Why else are CSA programs important? Personally, I think it is important to try new things. By no means do I always like the new things I try, but I can at least say I gave it a shot. Why not try new vegetables? It is easy to go to the grocery store or farmer’s market and buy fresh produce, but do you ever grab something that might force you to look up a new recipe? Likely no, but if you already do that, awesome. For those of you who buy the same produce weekly, yes, I am also one of those people during the winter months, a CSA is a fantastic way to force yourself out of your comfort zone. Our CSA has fairly common vegetables, but we throw some new and fun things into the shares as well. We will never leave you hanging though, there will always be recipes and ideas of what to do with your produce each week. And if you still don’t know what to do with a certain vegetable, just ask us!  

Lastly, by supporting a local farmer you are also supporting the local community. When you buy a share, we are able to give back, not only to our community, but to communities across the state. Food shelves, churches, youth organizations, land stewardship projects are all things we try and support when able. You support us and in turn, we would like to support you all too.  

So, why not give a CSA share a try? It is a fun way to try new fruits and vegetables, eat fresh and locally, and gain a better understanding of what agriculture is all about these days. Look at it as another way to help you complete that New Year’s resolution of living a healthier lifestyle. 

Interested in our CSA Program? Check it out here: http://untiedtswegrowforyou.com/store/csa-shares