Finding a Local Farmer

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer With spring just around the corner, that means it’s time for outside activities!  Gardening is a big one we’ve been talking about in the last couple of weeks. But maybe, for some reason, you aren’t planning a garden.  Maybe you don’t have the space, or the time.  I understand that!  I’m having a baby in early August, right in the middle of “harvest” season, so gardening isn’t exactly my first priority this year, either. But just because you’re not […]

Loving My CSA: Learning to Eat a Variety of Seasonal Produce

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Guest Post Written by Nicole Bennett My first experience with swiss chard was about a year and a half ago. That Martha Stewart, I thought, she always has the strangest ingredients in her recipes. Shortly after that, however, I subscribed our family to a local farm’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), and little did I know how broad my vegetable horizons were about to get. Soon, I would be cooking swiss chard as though it were as familiar as spinach. It turns out that although I […]

Understanding Communited Supported Agriculture (CSA’s) and Their Benefits

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Guest Post by Kate If you want to provide cheap, fresh, local produce for your family, you only have one option, right? To grow it yourself. But what if you don’t have time? Or energy? Or you have a brown thumb? There are farmer’s markets, in some areas, but then you’re paying retail price for all the produce and not really saving much money. There must be another option! Enter the CSA. CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture.” It means that a farmer partners with […]

Organic Food on a Budget

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Written by Angela Beery, Contributing Writer Now that the spring season is upon us, it is the perfect time to talk about fresh, local produce! Many exciting opportunities are ahead of us in the coming months. I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to taking a stroll down to the farmer’s market, grilling locally grown vegetables and picking my own strawberries at a local farm! During this tough economic time, many families who normally buy solely organic food are finding it more […]

Real Food on a Real Budget: Finding Sources for Purchasing Real Food

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Today’s post is a brief excerpt taken from Chapter 2 of my new book, Real Food on a Real Budget. The chapter explores how we can examine the options and resources available to us, as we seek to find sources of high-quality AND affordable food wherever we live. ******* It’s a bit of a game to me. I confess that I love the hunt of finding new resources for getting better and better quality foods on the same budget. I’m always on the lookout for […]