Greetings! We are having a set back on the farm this week due to the rain and we were unable to pick the greens for this week. So we filled yours boxes a little fuller this week to make up for it! Next week in your boxes will be the following: from Florida we will be getting Broccoli Crowns, Yellow Wax Beans, Celery and Green Bell Peppers. Sweet Potatoes from North Carolina, Kiwi from California, Apples from Washington and from here at McClellan Organics we will have collards and kale! If any of you have a recipe with any of these fruits and veggies, please share! Email it to Marla and I will send it out and post on our web site. Reminder you may place orders anytime through our web site under "Services" then click on "Produce by the Pound" We have added frozen blueberries, strawberries and peaches along with grass fed chicken and pork, and raw honey. Who watched Marla on ABC 27 morning show this past Monday?? I had lots of fun and am looking forward to speaking at the Rotary Club in Bainbridge this coming Tuesday. Trying our best to spread the information and benefits of eating local, fresh from the farm fruits and vegetables with our Community Supported Agriculture program. Check it out:
1) Health Benefits: Seasonal foods are picked at the peak of freshness and offer higher nutritional content by shortening the time from harvest to your table. When you eat with the seasons you can enjoy a rainbow of colorful and diverse foods in your diet as well as providing your body with a wide variety of important vitamins and minerals that you need to maintain vibrant health.
2)Sustainable Benefits: Organic seasonal foods are grown in a sustainable manner by farmers who are about protecting the land for our future. Organic farmers rotate crops to increase soil fertility, use integrated pest management to control pests using beneficial insects instead of pesticides, and use sustainable composting methods for disposing of organic waste. By not using toxic chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified seeds, organic farmers provide us with healthier foods along with protecting both our planet and the farm workers.
3)Environmental Benefits: By eating with the seasons and purchasing locally grown foods, you are helping to protect our planet because it reduces the number of miles your food has to travel before it reaches your plate. This helps cut back on the amount of fuel used which reduces pollution or as we refer to our carbon footprint. As with the sustainable benefits mention before and by making a conscious choice to purchase organic, seasonal, and local produce you are helping to protect our water, air and land.
4)Economic Benefits: When you buy organic, seasonal, locally grown foods you are providing financial support to the farmers in your community which helps to grow your local economy. Seasonal locally grown foods are priced much more economically than out of season foods which will save you money.
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