Imagine receiving a box brimming with fresh produce (think salad greens, kale, carrots, squash, cucumbers and berries) every week throughout the growing season. That's exactly what you get with a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share. With a CSA, you pay for your produce in advance, then enjoy a regular delivery of deliciousness through the growing season. You make an investment in a farmer's seed and equipment that can pay off in spades.

If' you have yet to try a CSA, here are five reasons to convert:

#1: Taste Your food, picked at peak ripeness the day before, will be bursting with flavor.

#2: Community Meet other health conscious and foodie friends at a weekly pickup. The money you spend on the CSA will also stay in community, supporting our local economy. This is called a multiplier effect.

#3: Creative cooking Instead of searching for recipes and trying to find ingredients produced thousands of miles away, you will discover ways to cook our in season, local veggies.

#4: Environmental health Buying from these farms supports clean air, clean water and healthy soils.

#5: Food safety & security Californian drought, avian flu... these conventional food crisis raise prices and the risk of disease. Forget about the fear and when you buy locally.

If you can't grow fresh fruits and veggies yourself, getting your produce delivered from a small local farmer is your next best bet.

You can purchase a CSA share through Squash Blossom Farm, Onsen Farm and Sunset Organics

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Stacy Whitman

Stacy Whitman's career as a professional writer, editor and communications specialist spans more than 20 years.