Local farms help American's eat healthier - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Local farms help American's eat healthier

WASHINGTON. - With all the food contamination scares in recent years, more Americans are paying closer attention to where their food comes from.

Many are opting for food grown closer to home even buying into what's called "CSA" or Community Supported Agriculture.

That's where local farmers supply shareholders with a bag of fresh veggies each week.

The growth of local produce farms has been explosive thousands have cropped up in recent years feeding customers who correctly believe fresher also means healthier.

"It takes about 6 days for the vitamin c in your green beans to be cut in half," said registered dietician Katherine Tallmadge.

"The average food item, by the time it gets to our plate, is 1-3 weeks old," said CSA farmer Sammy Konigsberg.

That explains the flood of fresh food fans who've picked up on the CSA or 'Community Supported Agriculture' concept.

A CSA farm works like this: shareholders pay the local farmer up front then during the growing season the farmer delivers a healthy share of each week's harvest. The farms can be pretty productive too. One five acre farm can provide for about 40 families, a basket full of fresh vegetables every week from spring through fall.

Many farms have a long waiting list of those wanting veggies delivered from farm to family in the same day.

Prices vary around the country, but most families can expect to pay about $500 to $800 a year.
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