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5 Reasons To Join Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

5 Reasons To Join Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

I first learned about CSA last year when I heard people talking about a CSA farm in our area. I was interested because I was trying to get my family and animals on an organic diet and an organic horsekeeping regimen and I was looking for ways to find organic produce. Beyond that I did not even know what the initials CSA stood for. When I contacted the farm, I discovered the time for buying shares had passed for the upcoming season. I did more research on the CSA movement so I would be ready for the next year.

 

CSA stands for community supported agriculture. Interested people pay for shares in the farm at the beginning of the year in February and March and then each week through late spring, summer and fall, you receive a share of the produce. CSA or community supported agriculture is an amazing vehicle for those who want to eat locally grown produce and support local farmers. We sent in our payment in March and received our first share in late April. All I can say after an incredible summer of beautiful produce is that CSA has been a huge success for our family.

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Fairs urged to spotlight local ag | capitalpress.com

Fairs urged to spotlight local ag | capitalpress.com | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Small farm experts want fairs to get back to their roots as the center of their region's agriculture.

 

Penny Leff, who leads the University of California's Small Farm Program, and Diana Poluszak, of the state Department of Food and Agriculture, told a gathering here that fairs were mostly centered around agriculture for more than 100 years, before entertainment became more of the focus in the last 30 years or so.

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Wet greens and purple basil?

Wet greens and purple basil? | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

One of the best benefits of being a member of a CSA is the opportunity you have to develop a connection with your food, farmer, and community.

 

Being a CSA member means you will develop a heightened awareness of how dramatic changes in weather or new crop diseases affect what we put on our plate each week.

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Cooking Away My CSA

Cooking Away My CSA | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

When most people hear the term 'CSA' their thoughts turn to fruits and (more likely) vegetables. That's certainly how we began our love affair with CSA's.

 

But CSA's aren't confined to produce. Some farms include the option for shareholders to purchase shares of eggs, homemade bread, meat, cheese, fruit, flowers or other farm products along with their veggies. Sometimes several farmers will offer their products together, to offer the widest variety to their members. For example, a produce farmer might create a partnership with a neighbor to deliver cheese to the CSA drop off point, so that the CSA members can purchase farm-fresh cheese when they come to get their CSA share. Or a farm may create a standalone CSA for meat, flowers, eggs, or cheese, etc.

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Getting By, Getting Ahead: Sustainability Challenge

Getting By, Getting Ahead: Sustainability Challenge | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Smith’s growing operation is a good example of what is happening across the Monadnock region. Situated away from any busy interstates, this rural corner of southwestern New Hampshire is relatively isolated. That’s created a strong sense of localism among residents.

 

The area is well known for its strong Buy Local movement, and its growing demand for locally sourced food. According to the latest Census of Agriculture, between 2002 and 2007, the number of farms in Cheshire and Hillsborough counties grew by about 30 percent. Most of those are small farms, and many of them are CSAs, like Smith’s.

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Study: Spinach makes you stronger

Study: Spinach makes you stronger | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Famous cartoon character Popeye is right to down a can of spinach when he wants his biceps to bulge, according to a Swedish study presented Monday showing why the leafy vegetable makes us stronger.

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All Hail Kale

All Hail Kale | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

When it comes to leafy greens, there are some big players that tend to dominate our salads, soups, and suppers: romaine, baby spinach, and perhaps even a few “exotic” varieties like arugula.

 

With CSA deliveries and farmers markets well underway, we get to meet some new possibilities that can enhance (and dare I say, replace?) the regulars we so often lean toward. Nothing against romaine and spinach; they have many redeeming qualities, and are favorites for good reasons. Yet there are other leafy greens just as delicious, and with the bonus of adding significantly more vitamins and nutrients to your dishes.

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Decoding: Beef

Decoding: Beef | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Referencing what is available at the one closest to me, they sell what they label as 'All Natural Free Range Beef'. It is 'Certified Piedmontese' Beef to be exact. There is no claim this beef was 100% free ranged, so right off the bat, I question. Upon further research on the website for Piedmontese Beef, I find that this meat is never fed any animal by-products, emphasizing species appropriate/natural diets.

 

It also states they are raised without the use of routine antibiotics and without added growth hormones. Note - 'All Natural' as defined by the USDA means the beef contains no artificial ingredient or added color and is only minimally processed.

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