All Aboard the CSA Train!

FarmShare option comes to MegaFood

image (1)CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and is becoming an increasingly popular method for Farmers to connect their community with their fresh locally-grown produce.

The basic concept? A consumer pays ahead for several weeks worth of veggies, fruits and/or other fresh food products (i.e., Farm-raised meats and dairy, or homemade bread), and gets a great deal in exchange for her commitment to pre-purchase. Because CSA members sign up for their share (a.k.a., their weekly allotment of vegetables) in advance, the farmer can better anticipate how much to grow, and often gives out more than one’s fair “share” in appreciation of the support. Members are often tipped off with a list of items to expect over the duration of the share, yet exactly what -or how much- is received is a gamble; the outcome always dependent on Mother Nature’s will!

This fall, MegaFood employees were given the opportunity to sign up for a 5-week long CSA share through Local Harvest. Because of the aforementioned “gamble,” MegaFood picked up a generous portion of the tab as a way to encourage any CSA-interested folks to take the plunge and see what it was all about. MegaFood’s Wellness Warriors also complimented CSA involvement with “Veggiecation,” an education course designed to help CSA newcomers learn about the veggies they received, including their benefits and some cool recipes to try.

Watch Ashley and Christina open up their first share: