Best Place To Buy Your Veggies, Grocery Store, Farmers Market Or Maybe From A CSA

community supported agriculture csa palm springs 01 Best Place To Buy Your Veggies, Grocery Store, Farmers Market Or Maybe From A CSA Photographer: Tim Sackton

Okay I hope I am not going to bore you with this post. This one is for all the monkies out there who have already drank the “G” kool-aid and are getting deeper into the lifestyle, like me. I know, a post about shopping for food might not be exciting, edgy or include any celeb gossip, but it’s something all of us fleshy’s have to do. Personally, I love Food Shopping Day: I have full on dreams about a lush full fridge, oozing with fresh veggies. So please, your going to have to bear with me as I explore the idea of joining a CSA.

The question in the title is a real one for me. Where is the best place to buy your veggies? I know some of you out there are shaking your heads at me. I guess if your blood runs green, you start by joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and then go on down the line, farmers market, maybe a organic local grocery store and last resort the old big box grocery store. But not everyone is born with green blood pumping through their veins, believe me. Most of us grew up thinking Kraft was a food company? My own childhood was filled with things like Coke and Kraft deluxe mac n’ cheese. I remember our high end dinner option was the deluxe Kraft mac n’ cheese vs the powder mac and cheese. Hmmm… what to choose?

Maybe I don’t want onions, cabbage and so on, or maybe I do want things not in the box. Will I end up just composting it?

But now as an adult with all the buying options completely open to me, which option is best? Or maybe the real question is what mix of options is best. I understand the concept of the CSA and love it. For those of you out there who don’t know what a CSA is, here is the quick answer. A CSA is a members club basically and you pay a lump sum in advance to a farmer or a group of farms and in return, they deliver a box of veggies every week to your home or a pick up location for a certain number of weeks. The cost runs about $30 a week and you pay in advance for a certain number of weeks, 4, 8, 12 or even up to 52 weeks. All the boxes are the same. You don’t get to choose what is in the box, since the farmer can only give you what they are growing and what happens to be ripe that week.

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Can Small Organic Farmers Survive The Economic Crisis

So, the big question is, what will happen to all the momentum gained in the organic food movement, now that the world economies are crashing around our feet? Will consumers revert back to buying the heavily sprayed pesticide crops from conventional grocers? Or will they continue to pay a premium to continue eating organic foods from the small farmers, such as the ones the G Living staff buys from? Well, based on my conversations with some of those farmers this past weekend, they seem to be doing fine. They tell me, there hasn’t been any noticeable change in volume of buyers or the amount they buy each week. One farmer did say, he decided to keep his prices lower and ate the higher cost of fuel, to make sure he kept his long term customers happy.

In the clip above from an Irish TV network, the story seems to be the same over in Ireland. The station interviews both a small organic farmer and the largest Irish Organic grocer, with both of them saying sales are steady. The consumer seems to value the quality and is holding firm on their food buying choices for now. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos

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