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Local Food Week: Joining a CSA

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I first connected with Anne McCutcheon on Twitter because of our mutual addiction to running. In addition to sharing great photos of bicycles and graveyards she also shares witty insights into her life. In this post she shares her story about belonging to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). For more from Anne, follow her on Twitter @AnnelizabethRUN and check out her photos on Instagram @annelizabethrun.

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I, like many Canadians grew up on a farm, the seasons dictated the activities and the weather forecasted the day to day movements. I experienced the usual migration of rural young people to a city for education, but the draw of a small community, and the need for connection to nature brought me back to small town living.  Over time, I developed an interest in the local food movement and thus a natural progression to supporting local farmers is becoming a member a Community supported agriculture farm.

As luck would have it, this was 2010 and 2010 was the year Jeff Boesch and Leslie Moskovits set up shop outside of Neustadt Ontario on the Cedar Downs Farm. It was to be their first year as lead farmers on their very own farm providing vegetable shares to the communities of Hanover, Guelph, and Paisley.   

Becoming a member since it’s inception of the Cedar Downs Farm has allowed myself and my children a connection to the land, and to the farmers that make their living on the farm.  Weekly newsletters provide updates on the weekly, monthly, and yearly harvest of the food grown. Weekly pick ups with Jeff, Leslie and other farm employees provide personal relationships with those who grow our food. 

As the spring comes into summer, and fades into fall, and winter arrives we eat with the seasons based on what is ready that week. My children know we are eating asparagus at every meal in the spring, mid summer is alive with tomato’s and winter means squash soup.

Of course, it is not always perfect. My eyes have been greedy and I came home with too many eggplants that rotted in the fridge and sometimes the thought of eating cabbage yet again makes my daughter request we belong to a fruit only CSA instead.

Overall, the thought of knowing exactly where 75% of our food is produced is worth it. Knowing that mostly there is food in the fridge that will produce a healthy and nutritious meal, even if I have to spend time cooking it.

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Author: Diana

I'm a registered dietitian from Nova Scotia, living and working in Ontario, Canada. My goal is to help people relearn how to have a healthy relationship with food.

2 thoughts on “Local Food Week: Joining a CSA

  1. I love my CSA, which starts next week. I need to write a blog post about prepping for it, though. It has a PYO component, which is wonderful. But it is a lot of veg. I bought a juicer, I have some of those boxes from Rubbermaid that are supposed to help keep things fresh. I need ideas for unsquashed cherry tomatoes..a PYO component, but they always seem to get squashed when I pick them. But it really does make a difference getting the fresh stuff.

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    • I used to get a weekly CSA in Halifax one summer. It was hard to keep up with all the veggies as a single person! Have you tried canning salsa, pasta, or pizza sauce?

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