What’s for lunch

What’s for lunch? Today it was leftovers: mashed potatoes, sausage and a green salad. Where did my food come from? Duh, the grocery store!

Well, that is true, but where was it produced or grown? Well, the potatoes were grown in Ontario, my province, and the sausage, lettuce and carrots came from somewhere in Canada. That’s not bad, but the food miles still add up. Let’s say the potatoes, lettuce and carrots were grown in southern Ontario and the sausage came from Alberta — that’s about 4,500 kilometres for ONE meal, ouch!

In the past few years, I’ve become interested in community shared agriculture (CSA) and plan to buy a share this spring. A CSA is an approach to growing and purchasing food that has local farmers and consumers working together. A consumer will purchase a share of the food a farmer produce during a certain time period. Often each share will provide the consumer with a box of food for 1-2 people for 1-2 weeks. CSAs vary: some offer just fruits and veggies, some offer a full diet (fruits, veggies, meat, dairy, grains and other products), some are only offered during the growing season from June to October and others provide food year round. Prices also vary, but can be comparable to grocery stores. The big plus, I can feel good about knowing that all or most of my food was grown close by and that I’m helping to support a local farmer!

So, by the time the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge is through or shortly after, my lunch will have gone from 4,500 kilometres to just a few, all thanks to a CSA

What do you think? Is a CSA for you?

Learn more about CSA here www.davidsuzuki.org.


Image: Clagett Farm CSA Week 11