It’s no secret that getting our children to love (or merely tolerate) their vegetables can prove a major challenge. For many of us, simply getting our children to even try their veggies can feel like a daunting trial that warrants rigorous parental fortitude. From implementing a mandatory “no-thank you” bite to an all-out campaign of pleading, moms and dads everywhere constantly find themselves trying every technique in the parenting arsenal as soon as anything remotely green and/or leafy graces the plates of our precious dining cherubs.
Understanding The Benefits Of A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program
Sound familiar? If you’re ready to try a new vegetable approach with your little ones, a community supported agriculture (CSA) membership may deliver an ideal solution. Also known as “subscription farming,” a CSA farm allows individuals in the community the opportunity to buy a share of their entire harvest season. Each week, share owners receive fresh, locally grown produce based on what’s in season and has been harvested.
Participating in a CSA membership offers families a multitude of benefits that include:
- Access and exposure to a wide range of vegetables, fruits and other farm products at pinnacle freshness for optimal nutritional value
- An opportunity to see firsthand where food comes from and how it’s grown
- Opportunity to support local area farms/businesses
Best of all, your weekly trip to a CSA farm is a great way to get outside and spend time together as a family. You’ll all get excited to visit “your farm” and see what’s waiting for you…and you can spend the ride home talking about the vegetables you’re bringing back and brainstorming menu ideas on how to use everything in meals during the week.
Things To Consider When Sourcing The Right CSA Membership For Your Family
When sourcing the best CSA farm for your family, there are a few things to look for before signing up. While many farms strictly offer fruits and vegetables as their weekly harvest, there are CSA’s that will include meat, eggs and other items in their offerings as well. Additionally, the price of a full share may prove cost prohibitive or the harvest itself may simply be too large for your family’s needs; always ask if your chosen farm also offers pricing on half shares as well. Finally, no matter how fun we make our trip to our local farm, there will always be a few items that our children simply won’t eat; always look for a farm with a “swap box” for members to switch out items that may not get rave reviews at the dinner table with something they’ll get excited about at mealtime.