Hi, I’m Susan. I live in the western suburbs of Atlanta, and this is my fourth year as a member of the Farmers’ Fresh CSA. Farmers’ Fresh started as a cooperative of farmers in West Georgia and East Alabama. In the past couple of years, it has become a separate business that seeks out and buys sustainable produce from farmers to sell in the CSA and in a physical store in Carrollton, GA.
I love my CSA subscription. I first joined on principle. The idea of reconnecting what we eat with the land that it comes from had so many things going for it: health, supporting local farmers, environmental awareness, etc. Now I do it for the deliciousness. Once you’ve met a local zucchini or apple, it’s hard to go back to the ones shipped to Kroger from California or Chile. My CSA subscription has turned me into a bona-fide vegetable lover after decades of avoiding them at all cost.
I’ve learned so much over the past few of years that I wanted to share it with at least two types of people.
1) For those who’ve been toying with the idea of joining a CSA (hopefully Farmers’ Fresh!), you can read through my experiences, look at the pictures, and make a more informed decision.
2) If you’ve already joined Farmers’ Fresh (or any CSA), you can read about what I’m doing with my food and add your own insights or bring up topics to discuss.
I plan to keep this blog mainly about the CSA experience, but I may post about other issues of consumption from time to time. Also, I now receive a discount from Farmers’ Fresh for keeping this blog. (But if you read my 2008 posts, I think you’ll find me just as enthusiastic when I was uncompensated.)
I live with my husband. My 19-year-old stepson is now in college, so we’re adjusting to feeding two for most of the year. We have a standard subscription with half a dozen eggs and the gourmet package. I work part-time right now, so I have time and energy to plan for, prepare, and cook food. I know some of you have many more mouths to feed and far less time. Hopefully, this blog will give you some ideas.
So pull up a chair and dig in!