PLANET GARDEN: Eco-Friendly Resource Guide

Planet Garden Assures All the Best

Posted in Sustainable Column by planetgarden on February 2, 2010

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are growing all over the country with some programs serving over 400 members with 100 on a waiting list.
When you can pick up an affordable box each week here in Thomaston for your family that is filled with an assortment of farm fresh local foods, it is a practical and prudent manner of directing your food dollar.  CSA shares are a local solution to rising costs of transportation that increase food miles while decreasing nutrients of fresh foods.  You connect directly to the source of those growing and providing your family with farm fresh veggies. 
Last week the winter $15.00 sampler box of CSA harvest shares picked up at Bluebird Market included bountiful amounts of turnips, collards, apples, pecans (shelled and unshelled), rosemary, spices, garlic, onions and more.  Recipes are included for fun fresh food ideas to insure you enjoy cooking delicious and nutritious meals for your family.
Variety is going to continue to build each week as we move into early spring and then the harvest of summer. Farm fresh veggies will be shared for everyone who signs up with this affordable program at Bluebird Market.
This week the shares will also include an assortment of lettuces like butter crunch, Romaine, Red Leaf and Green Leaf. It’s amazing to know that our local Middle Georgia growers are producing such a wonderful array of farm fresh organic produce.
James Family Farm is certified organic and will offer us shelled pecans again this week along with other veggies. They are also now offering a Farmhouse baked goods bonus box for only $12.50/week. In this box you will receive 2 family size loaves of healthy wheat bread made with local honey or honey oatmeal bread or honey nut oatmeal raisin bread along with the jelly of the week such as local honey, pepper jelly, Blue-Ribbon Winning Apple Butter and many more.
This program is a community service and the prices are so affordable for your family. The single share boxes can be added to if your family has a need for more fresh veggies. My advice is sign up this Saturday at the market so you will be assured of all the best.  Spring is on the way and we will build into a spring and summer of bountiful peaches, plums, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, squash, watermelons, tomatoes (numerous varieties) peppers, peas, beans, onions, okra, zucchini, eggplant, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, spinach, Swiss Chard and so much more. You may also sign up for Georgia roasted bulk coffee that comes in a refillable tin. Little Red Hen offers bulk local farm fresh eggs as a part of the Bluebird CSA and farm fresh chicken.
You will be assured of all the best when you subscribe to the Middle Georgia multiple farm Bluebird CSA program that aims to serve our local community above all.
Enrich your life on Saturdays from 8 am until noon at Bluebird Market at the historic downtown train depot located at 218 N. Center Street, Thomaston. Explore with us each week to discover simple ways we can affordably contribute to sustainable and renewable eco-friendly living. Find resources online at www.bluebirdmarket.com
and http://www.planetgarden.wordpress.com. Email rural CSA questions to:
bluebirdcsa@gmail.com.

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