Grocery shopping can be a daunting task, especially if you are the kind of person who likes eating fresh and healthily, but are limited by what the store has to offer. City living has its downfalls, and when it comes to having access to fresh food, being so far away from farms and rather immersed in industrial production is one of them. World trade gives us a lot of food options, but there are growing concerns on whether the foods are pesticide-free, fair trade or grown in a humane way.
What if there was an option that could guarantee you locally grown, organic foods, that supports city farming entrepreneurs and gets delivered to your front door every week? Yes, it exists! Thanks to community supported agriculture (also known as CSA), we have created a socio-economic model of agriculture which allows farmers to distribute fresh food to city folks looking for healthier, eco-friendly options. Basically how it works is you’re buying a share of a farm at the beginning of their season, and they then send you weekly shares of vegetables and fruit, and sometimes eggs, dairy products or meat as well.
Companies like Fresh City Farms have taken this model and allowed you to pay per week, with delivery included and even choose certain products you do not want sent to you. You can choose from a fruit only or veggie only box, large or small, and choose to add eggs or cheese. Thanks to a growing online presence, Fresh City Farms also posts on Facebook and in YouTube videos each week telling you what you’re going to receive. With an appropriate motto of “Organic Produce. Toronto Produced”, this innovative and entrepreneurial company that started very small, has a vision of empowering all to make more conscious food choices.
Not only is this a great opportunity for people looking for healthy food options that they know are grown locally, but it’s good for those of us who just hate grocery shopping! They deliver a box to you each day with your food and some recipes of the week, saving you the time and energy of figuring out what to get. Becoming a part of community-supported agriculture forces you to become closer to your local farmers, helps people understand the benefits of being a “locavore” and most importantly, guarantees you fresh, tasty, nutritious and organic food.
For more information check Fresh City Farms website. Boxes start at around $30.99, delivery included.