Many of us are members of local CSAs for produce, meat or dairy. It's a great thing to know where your food comes from and to know it's grown organically by someone who cares. The only problem is, in many cities hoofing it to the pick-up location can be time consuming and hard to schedule around. In Chicago, things are a different story, seeing as how the future of CSAs is changing right before our eyes!
Our own personal CSA pick-up is a full 30 minute drive each way, and although we alternate weeks with another couple for pickup, it still seems counterproductive to make such a trip. In Chicago, things are starting to change and the pick up locations for CSA members are starting to be a little closer to home.
The Chicago Tribune tells us that Chris Ruder, an employee of Microsoft, had a problem making it to his pick-up each week and asked to have his office be a pick-up point for several different local CSAs, making it easier for fellow employees to pick up their share, as well as all the other neighbors in the area. Likewise, six of Illinois' tollway oases will be acting as CSA pickup points for 3 different farms!
It's a fabulous thing to see everyone getting on board and making access to fresh, wholesome food more convenient and accessible.
Do you have a long drive for your CSA? Try writing to your local corporations and see if they'll help out!
Via: Chicago Tribune