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Friday, May 20, 2011

CSA-ing it this summer!

After some consideration, we decided this year to join a CSA (community-supported agriculture) farm. I'm so excited about this! We are not great veggie eaters in this house, and it's been a bit of a challenge to introduce new foods to the boys especially (Linds and I are pretty non-discriminatory with what we eat; Scott and Luke are a bit pickier). We shopped around and found Shady Pine Farm in East Earl, Pa (just minutes from Shady Maple...yummmm) and decided to go with them. It's a bit of a hike for us (45 minute drive each week), but again - close to Shady Maple (good excuse for a dinner out) and it's also close to the boy's fam, so we can turn it into a visit.

For those not familiar with CSAs, it is a great opportunity to support local farmers, as well as to get chemical/pesticide-free fruits and vegetables straight from the farm (talk about the freshest produce possible!). Shady Pine offers about 5-10 vegetables and herbs weekly, and they have their site organized like a market where you can pick what you'd like.

I'm hoping that this will force us to expand our palate and start enjoying more veggies and less starches. We'll probably do the Hershey Farm Market's meat package, too, which means grocery shopping and meals should be a snap for the next few months. Lots of grilling is on the horizon!

If you're interested in joining a CSA, you can find lots of good information and listings at

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