Is It Worth Joining a CSA

by | August 6, 2018

Joining a CSA

 

It’s that time of year again when we’re full swing into sunny days, popsicles, bare feet, and relaxing poolside. Eating with the seasons is a great way to optimize flavor, save money, support local farms, and incorporate a variety of creative meals into your routine. Foods grown and harvested in their peak seasons tend to require fewer pesticides, preservatives, and waxes that are often used more during off-seasons for maximum growth and consumer appeal.

Joining a CSA,  Community Supported Agriculture is one way to get to know nearby farmers and be introduced to seasonal produce your family may not have otherwise tried. Alternatively, many grocery delivery services offer seasonal produce with recipes for how to use them. Or, of course, you can incorporate seasonality into your household by simply incorporating some of the season’s best into your meal plans. Regardless, eat a variety of plants year round – it would be silly to turn down nutrient-packed greens for months just because they might be a little out of season.

Pair some of the season’s best below with a whole grain, a healthy fat, and a plant-based protein for a star of a meal!

 

Winter

  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Beets
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Leeks
  • Lemons
  • Onions
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Pumpkins
  • Sweet Potatoes

 

Warm up your Winter after joining a CSA with avocado toast, roasted Brussels sprouts, and leeks, pear-pineapple smoothies, sweet potato casserole, or pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.


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Spring

  • Apricots
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Swiss Chard

 

Jump into Spring with grilled asparagus alongside portabella burgers, banana walnut pancakes, broccoli tots, or a spinach salad topped with radishes, strawberries, and almonds.

 

Summer

  • Bell Peppers
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Carrots
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Green Beans
  • Peaches
  • Tomatoes

 

Enjoy those Summer nights with stuffed bell peppers, blackberry and yogurt creamsicles, cherry peach pie, roasted eggplant over pasta, or tempeh, lettuce and tomato sandwiches.

 

Fall

  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Cranberries
  • Ginger
  • Grapes
  • Kale
  • Mango
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Raspberries
  • Turnips

 

Cozy up to Fall with cabbage and avocado coleslaw on jackfruit sandwiches, cauliflower rice stir-fry, ginger orange smoothies, kale chips, roasted parsnips, or creamy raspberry overnight oats.

 

For more help eating seasonally, check out Eat the Seasons or Seasonal Food Guide. Have you ever considered joining a CSA, or are you a member? Let us know in the comments. 

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Lauren Panoff

Lauren Panoff, MPH, RD is a plant-based lifestyle strategist for families looking to transition to awesome veg lives. She is the founder of Chronic Planet, on a mission to cultivate a plant-based world one household at a time. Lauren is also a stay-at-home-ish mom of tiny humans who thrive on plants and kick societal norms’ booty. Join the Ask A Plant-Based Dietitian premium Facebook group to talk nutrition with Lauren and receive weekly meal templates!

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