aaaand I joined a CSA.

This is my dad. AKA Skippy.

He has this lifelong dream of one day buying tons (&tons) of land, where all of my siblings and I can build our houses. And it's not weird, because there would be enough land that we wouldn't feel like we were up in each other's biz. It's also not weird because if you know me or my family at all, nothing about this should be surprising.

The second part of the plan is where Skippy gets a little hippie, and also starts to lose some people (AKA my mom. She's less on board, starting now:) because he wants us to grow our own food on the land, so we are self-sufficient (possibly even eating that fish he caught). He's debatably either one step ahead of the CSA movement or taking us back in time; it's too soon to tell.

Regardless, after months and months of debating, I've decided to take one small step in this direction, as I joined the Riverview Farms CSA. I've been wanting to do it for a while now, but had so many hesitations: Would I end up spending more money? Would these veggies go to waste? What happens if I get a box of just cilantro, sweet potatoes, kale and garlic?

But, I will never know the answers to these questions if I don't try. Also, since my diet is so largely plant-based now, it wouldn't hurt to branch out more. And, it makes me feel happy to support local farmers and have a clearer idea of where the things going into my body are coming from: my backyard(ish)!

My membership starts August 1 and lasts 10 weeks. I will be sure to let you know how it goes. If you're interested in joining me, you can find a local CSA here. Be sure to let me know if you're doing one! Or if you have any advice :)
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