This Week's CSA - Week 7!

There’s nothing better than fresh, locally grown herbs! These tiny tender leaves can elevate any home cooked dish by adding lots of flavour without the added salt or fat. To highlight one of my favourite herbs and one that made its appearance in this week’s CSA box – let’s talk about basil. Basil is a rich source of calcium, potassium and iron. With 85% of your daily-recommended vitamin K intake in just one-tablespoon! Plus basil is a great antioxidant.

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This Week's CSA - Week 6!

August is officially here, which means you have a whole month of summer left to enjoy. With that being said, are you ready to change up your palate and get messy in the kitchen? If so, then this is your month! The abundance and variety of fresh, local fruits and vegetables is at its peak in August and I’m so excited to see what the CSA harvest box has in store for me!

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This Week's CSA - Week 5!

Do I want to participate in Crisp Organics SPCA certified egg share program? Do the bees’ buzz? Does the sun shine? Yes – of course I do! In a nutshell SPCA certified farmers work hard to make sure their animals come first and Rehoboth Farm in Chilliwack, has partnered with Crisp Organics, to bring us happy eggs. Lucky for me, the sold out program opened up more egg shares this past week as the farm’s young hens finally came into maturity. Sign me up please! 

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This Week's CSA - Week 4!

Lately, I've been bombarded by questions about fruit. What about the sugar in fruit? Am I eating too much? What's the best type of fruit to eat? We could spend a whole post talking about fruit but one way to manage your fruit intake and to guarantee you’re eating more vegetables than fruit is to join a CSA Harvest Box! Four weeks in and this household is definitely eating well – our meals are mostly homemade and full of fresh organic vegetables! 

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This Week's CSA - Week 2!

The day before our harvest box pick-up I received another amazing email from the farmer at Crisp Organics. This time, instead of welcoming his baby boy to the world, he was talking about beets. Or more specifically, how disappointed he was in his beets. Apparently, “they didn’t do a good job of managing the quality” of the beets. News to me! As the beets were beautiful! Members were also told that all the fall mainstays (broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage) were just emerging from their planting as the final fields are getting prepped for their incoming. What a great example of why CSA’s are a win-win for everyone! The prepaid arrangement allowed the farmer to invest in seeds and plant crops when expenses are high.

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This Week's CSA!

Week 1: I feel like a part of the Crisp Organic family already! One of the founders had their own delivery last week – a baby boy! All members received this lovely email from dad about the steep learning curve of starting a farm from scratch and how much he is looking forward to the new adventure of raising a family on the farm. I love knowing where my food comes from – it’s literally farm to table!

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3 Barriers this Dietitian Overcame to Finally Join a CSA

As a self proclaimed sustainabilist and locavore I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m a newbie to the CSA box program. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a paid subscription to a farm’s produce for the season (June - October). Each week subscribers will receive a plentiful box of seasonal and local produce. The prepaid arrangement also makes it a source of financial security for the farmer. Helping them invest in seeds and plant crops at a time when there are many expenses and few sources of revenue for a farmer. Truly a win-win for everyone, so why was I so late to join the game?

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Do Your Dirty Work! Tips on Sustainable Shopping

As we turn the corner into June, Vancouverites can start enjoying the beautiful local produce grown right here in Southwest BC. It’s been officially 10 years since two locals launched a simple experiment to reconnect with the people and places that produced what they ate. For one year, they would only consume food that came from within a 100-mile radius of their Vancouver apartment. The 100-mile Diet was born!

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Italian Take-Away

The Mediterranean diet is a way of eating rather than a formal diet plan. It features foods eaten in Greece, Spain, southern Italy and France, and other countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. More and more research is showing that by following this way of eating we can lower our risk of certain diseases, improve our mood, boost our energy levels and keep our heart and brain healthy. It’s not a coincidence that these guys are living until they are over 100! As a dietitian and food lover I needed to do some research into this so-called Mediterranean diet, so I packed my bags and went to southern Italy for 3+ weeks (hard work – right?)

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