Eat Fresh Produce
Not only do fresh vegetables taste better, they are a lot better for you than the aged unhappy vegetables from the store that have lost a lot of their vitamins.
Also, fresh organic produce keeps far longer than the non-organic produce from the grocery store.
Keep reading and you will see the links below to connect you directly to the farmers.
On a larger scope, the number of farms is shrinking all the time, especially local family farms. When vegetables are shipped from distant locations, not only is this more expensive, but they also loose food value during the delay between being picked, and you buying them. On top of this, when the local farms disappear, you loose the strength that a strong farming community can add to the region you live in.
The best way to be sure you will regularly get fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs, is to buy an annual share in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm.
Here's an explanation of CSA farms from the Tilth web page:
Here’s how a CSA works. You purchase a "share" from the farm, which entitles you to weekly deliveries of fresh produce throughout a designated season. You pick up your share at the farm or at a convenient drop site. This arrangement gives you access to the freshest produce available at reasonable prices and a direct connection to "your" farm and food source. Farmers benefit by having a reliable market and a direct relationship with their customers.
Check out the Seattle Tilth link listing CSA farms in Washington State
If you are from a different area, check out the Seattle Tilth links page for farm and produce resources in other states
Check out the Puget Sound Fresh
This site lists farmers markets and describes farms, their produce, and how to contact them. It lists both organic and non-organic farms selling vegetables, fruit, flowers, herbs, nuts, and animal products. In addition it provides recipes, event, and background information related to fresh food.
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Last Updated: June 6, 2004