Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Farm Fresh to You, Capay Organic - CSA {Sponsored Post}

I wanted to share with you about our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) that we've been enjoying for about 6 years now.  We use (California Based) Farm Fresh to You, Capay Organic.  
It's a great way to support local while eating tasty, seasonal, organic, nutrient-rich produce.  

Above you can see all the goodies in our box this week {the small "no cooking" box}
1 huge head of green leaf lettuce, 4 Fuji apples, 3 Naval oranges, 7 Murcott oranges, 2 Hass Avocados(that's right, 2!), 1 bunch Nantes carrots, 1/4 pound mushrooms & 1 huge Romanesco 
All delicious, all organic!

My favorite part?  

They deliver!  

That's right.  Their pricing includes delivery. With three kiddos 5 and under we love the convenience of stepping out our front door to find our box each week.  You can visit their website and see what's planned for the following week's deliveries, but we like to be surprised.   It's always fun to open up our box and see what's inside; like opening a present.  They offer office delivery too!

Have you tried a CSA before?  Are you worried, like we were, that you won't eat all the veggies in time?  I'd like to share some things we've learned that help us best utilize our CSA box...

1. Be mindful of your produce shopping before your box arrives.  
We like our produce drawers to be almost empty just before our box arrives with more goodies to fill them up.  This way you don't end up with more produce than you could possibly eat.  We certainly don't want any of it to go to waste; we see it has an investment in our family's long-term health.

2. Choose the box that's right for your family.  
We played around a bit with all the different offerings from Farm Fresh to You before 
settling on the combo that works for us and gives us the right amount of produce for our needs.  
Right now, for our family of 5 (3 little ones), we get a small box every week.  For fun and variety, we
alternate between the "small no cooking" and the "small mixed" boxes each week.  

3. Eat a fruit or vegetable (or two) at every.single.meal and snacks too!  
You may be surprised how quickly you can finish off all that yumminess!  Juice your produce or add it to a smoothie - greens too.  Rather than worry about making our produce last all week, 
we just start eating it, snacking on it and cooking with it right away.  
Fresher is always best.  You may find that you'll need to order a bigger box!

4. Edit your preferences
This, in my opinion, is such an awesome feature that Farm Fresh To You offers it's customers.  You can log-on their website anytime, 24/7, and edit your preferences and delivery schedule.  For example, we have a gorgeous lemon tree in our yard, so even though the Capay Organic lemons are great, we just don't need any more lemons.  With the click of a box I can add them to our "exclusions" list along with a few things I know my family just will not eat.  Also, if you're going on a trip or won't be around for a few days you can modify your delivery schedule, box type or delivery frequency. 
 Easy Peasy.  

5. Be adventurous, try something new!
Don't add everything you may be leery of to your exclusion list, try new things!  
In each Farm Fresh to You box you'll find an informative and entertaining letter that paints a picture of life on the farm and also includes a couple recipes to get your creative juices flowing with ideas on ways to prepare the items in your box.  Step out of your food comfort zone and have fun!

We recently added Pasture-Raised eggs to our delivery service and couldn't be happier!  
They have such rich, deep colored yolks and wonderful flavor!
Sure we'd love to have our own chickens someday, but for now, this is the next best thing.  

Interested in farm fresh produce delivered right to your door?  
Try Farm Fresh to You and get $10 off your first box with 
promo code "wdin"

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