Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s)

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s)

May 24
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s)

My husband, Jason and I just returned from a trip up the coast and through some of the central valley of California. One of the great things about this state is the incredible amount of food we grow right here in our back yard. So that bears the question, “why would I eat stuff from the grocery store when people are picking tons of food right up the road?” On top of it all, we stopped in this restaurant in Cambria called Robin’s Restaurant and I must say, the organic menu inspired me to take a good hard look at what I’m eating these days. The salad was rich and delicious. The soup they served had a nice “earthy” flavor to it. The fruit was tantalizing and scrumptious and each course was prepared with fresh herbs and local food that was in season. Pair that with a viewing of the movie Food Incorporated and the result is a change in the way I think about food. You know the saying, you are what you eat and if that’s the case I’m a lot of coffee and sandwiches. I work from home, so I have no excuse to not walk downstairs and cut up some nice fresh fruit and vegetables during my work day. Besides, it will be like an adventure. Seriously folks, I ate a raw beet today. I’ve never eaten a beet in my entire life. After trying the pickled variety as a child I gawk in horror anytime the vegetable is mentioned.

At the start of my journey, I have decided to sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture program in San Diego. I took a good look around and decided to go with SeaBreeze Organic Farm. SeaBreeze is owned and operated by Stephenie Caughlin, who called me personally within the day of me signing up to receive produce and eggs from her farm in Carmel Valley. So not only do I know right where my food is coming from, I’ve spoken to the lady in charge of growing it. We plan on visiting the farm soon and I must say, I had the best eggs today that I’ve ever eaten in my life. I’m already talking to Jason about a 3 month trial period on grass grown beef just to see if it would make that big of a difference. I feel like I am embarking on a fun little food adventure. Today was only our first delivery on the CSA and I found myself grazing the fruit and vegetables all day today, instead of filling up on crackers, sugar and other such nonsense. I’ll post pictures of where our food is coming from once we have a chance to visit the farm.

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