Produce is often picked 4 to 7 days before being placed on
supermarket shelves. The longer it takes to get produce from farm to table, the more likely it will be to lose valuable nutrients. When produce is harvested ripe, it is often easier to chew and digest and it tastes so much better. Ripe produce is sweeter and more flavorful.
Produce is shipped an average of 1,500 miles before
being sold (and that is only in the U.S.). Buying local saves energy and helps the environment. Shipping food cross-country in trucks both burns fuel and emits pollution.
You buy produce that is in season & support local smaller farmers. This means seeds
germinate in the soil at the right time and plants are naturally stronger and more disease-resistant, giving you better quality produce. The money you spend goes directly to farmers and supports the continuation of more sustainable farming.
I recently signed up for a CSA box from SavRaw here in Los Angeles. CSA = Community Supported Agriculture. SavRaw offers local, in season, organic produce delivered right to your door for only $30. They also offer various pick-up locations across the city for only $25. I like the convenience of home delivery, so I don't mind spending the extra $5 (plus my local pick-up time is right in the middle of my yoga class).
I'm going to the farmers market and there are so many great ones here in L.A. But sometimes I get overwhelmed with all the options. So, I thought I would work within the parameters of what gets delivered in my CSA box. This isn't the first CSA box I have subscribed to, but it's been a while and with the change of season I thought this was a good time to start back up. One of the things I like about SavRaw is that they send an email with recipes to make with the produce they are sending. It's a nice way to experiment and try not only new veggies and fruit but also new recipes. I like kale but have never attempted to make kale chips. They sent a bunch of kale and a recipe from Smitten Kitchen for Kale Chips. Here are the results ( I loved this recipe, I almost ate the whole batch in one sitting!).
Wash and dry kale.
Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil and salt to taste.
Place baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes at 300 degrees.
I only have one slipat so I used parchment paper for the
other baking sheet.
Bake til crispy!