Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food
Members that participate in Community Supported Agriculture have an opportunity to talk with the farmer and visit their farm to see how their produce is grown. Many CSA farms allow shareholders to get involved in a variety of field events and gain an understanding of what is involved in growing their food in a way that is often consistent with their values. This active dialogue can increase the quality of the experience of buying and eating fruits and vegetables produced in the ecosystem you live.
There many tangible and intangible benefits associated with buying local products in your local Utah community. Spending your money on locally produced goods and services keeps the community economically viable. Just like the unique character of each CSA farm, economies also benefit from the local flavor of these small businesses. Buying local conserves natural resources, reliance on fossil fuels is greatly reduced due to less shipping requirements. CSA farms do their part to protect the environment, most of these operations incorporate organic or natural methods that work in harmony with nature.
The closer you are to your food supply, the shorter the distance it travels to your table and increases the quality and flavor of your favorite fruits, veggies, and other products you enjoy. Eating fresh local produce helps consumers understand how their food is grown. These typically small local farms help preserve the genetic diversity that larger centralized farms cannot.