Share boxes, farmers markets and community support

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Buying local is a great way to help save the environment and our local economy.

If you aren’t already growing your own food, you may be surprised with just how much time and money you can save by going in on a box of fresh produce from local farmers in your area with friends and family.

Why?

Not only can it help save gas, packaging and all the manual labour that comes with the types of food that lend a hand to the consumerism fad that has taken over our North American society, but it also promotes a connection with the Earth and her keepers.

By supporting your local farmers, you are also keeping your food dollars in your local economy, thus strengthening your local economy.

Farmers with Manitoba Community Supported/Shared Agriculture farms guarantee their members a steady supply of freshly harvested, local, sustainably grown food, according to their website. I found Boundary Creek Farms and discovered they have already been sold out of their share boxes for the 2018 growing season.

A typical CSA program runs 12 to 18 weeks, starting in mid to late June. While fruits and vegetables are most common, some CSA programs also offer eggs, honey, flowers, jams, poultry, and other meats.

As well as this resource, Direct Farm Manitoba has a treasure trove of local farms with details and contact information that you can scan by location for local fare.

Think about it. How much and money time do you spend on purchasing groceries with ingredients on the packages that you’re not even sure what they are or how to pronounce?

Why not choose a new vegetable, like Kohlrabi, an underrated, but a familiar vegetable with the older generation, according to Boundary Creek. The farm lists the vegetables that it grows and will deliver to you, once registered. Other unique additions to a typical grocery list of, say, broccoli, cauliflower, corn and cucumber are things like fennel, which I have a hard enough time finding in a Winnipeg supermarket…

Farmers markets are another great way to support local growers, such as the popular Arnes Market, which hosts craft makers, antique sellers and food vendors, as well.

Please write to me and share your stories about what you are doing in your everyday life to stay green.

Email: asiple@postmedia.com

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