These last few months have been stressful for everyone. In so many parts of the world, it has been difficult to obtain healthy foods as grocery store shelves have been stripped bare as a result of panic buying. With the country under lockdown in most places, our shopping trips are limited which makes it harder to keep a stock of fresh fruits and vegetables on hand.
What we eat plays a huge part in the strength of our immune systems. In Europe, Scandinavia and the UK small dedicated food shops are still the norm. They are starting to make a comeback in the US. It is my hope that when we climb out of the current economic disaster caused by the pandemic, the local neighborhood markets of my childhood with re-appear across the country.
In the meantime, there are many places where you can find either a CSA to join or a weekly delivery of food boxes from a local farm.
Community Supported Agriculture survives on the shares purchased by their customers every year. The money the farmer takes in from the sale of shares determines how much they are able to grow in any given year. Our local CSA is a five minute drive away, and we pick up our vegetables once a week.
CSAs usually produce organically grown food. In season, ours also offers fresh cut flower arrangements for an additional price. Individual vegetables are also available to add to your share or for people who just pick up a few things each week. This is going to be a real blessing for us this year, as the county has cancelled the farmer’s market which usually runs from May to October.
In some communities, you can subscribe to deliveries from an area farm. Usually you get to choose your delivery schedule from once a week to once a month. On your delivery day, you will receive a box of vegetables and possibly seasonal fruits. Sometimes there will be a local spot where you will pick up your order.
In these trying times, these services are a godsend.