At the Fourth of July celebration in Berkeley, California this week, as I was strolling past a row of vendors, I was drawn to the booth of an organization called Farm Fresh to You. As with most Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, members subscribe at the beginning of the season and receive bags of organic, local produce once or twice a month. However, Farm Fresh to You is different from most CSAs because the produce is delivered to your doorstep.
This is a huge advantage. Eating high-quality foods is more expensive and often more time consuming. I make a concerted effort to purchase local, organic foods as much as possible but, as someone who works full-time, it is not always easy. Whole Foods is expensive and, because many of my errands are saved for the weekend, I don’t always have time to make it to my local farmers’ market.
I like to think I am well informed when it comes to organic food. But eating healthfully on a budget is not as easy simply stopping at Safeway on the drive home from work. It often takes more time, as well as an awareness of where to find less expensive, more healthy foods. Of course, I haven’t been paid to say this, but I believe that organizations like Farm Fresh to You simplify the process greatly.