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Here’s a Food Revolution — Join a CSA

Have you seen the popular show, Food Revolution with Chef Jamie Oliver?  

In a nutshell he is trying to “makeover” Huntington, WV since they are always ranked as one of the worst cities in terms of obesity and several other associated diseases. 

Food Revolution.  That’s powerful.  Most people need one!

While he’s not the first to coin this term, he’s definitely bringing it more to light.  

Even though we’re well aware of how poor nutrition knowledge is with most kids and adults, it was still amazing to watch as kids couldn’t identify very basic fruits and veggies, like tomatoes!  

And then I thought about how we are and how we’re trying to raise Ella.  

She’s already been exposed to foods that many adults haven’t tried – plain asparagus (not her favorite), quinoa with squash and ground cumin (LOVES THIS), and her ultimate favorite mixture of sweet potato, asparagus, and leeks all cookedeat local join a CSA and blended (asparagus are acceptable when mixed, I guess).  In fact, here’s a picture of her waiting for a spoonful of this delicious treat.

Now, this isn’t to say in 5 years she’s going to demand Twinkies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (I cringe as I write that). But hopefully with exposure to so many different things she continues to enjoy them and makes smarter food choices throughout her life.

What’s the point?  Well, the Farmer’s Markets officially open in early April here in Kentucky.  And it’s a Saturday morning tradition for the 3 of us to walk there to see what “goodies” they have …

…but in addition, we also joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).  We’re lucky to have a Farmer’s Market just a few minutes away from our house.  But CSA’s give you the opportunity to benefit from the same great foods even if there isn’t a market as close to you.

I’ll give you the website to find one in your area.  A CSA basically means you buy share of a local farmers crop.  In Louisville we pay about $600 or so for produce (that is for weekly delivery from May – November) which comes out to around $15-20/week.  Then you can usually add on milk, poultry, eggs, meat, etc.

You definitely want to check them out and see if there are any near you.

The farm we’re likely going with this year is 100% organic (not all are), assures you that nothing is picked earlier than the morning you pick up your delivery, and their drop off location is 10 minutes away.  

We’re supporting the local farmer, getting more nutrients because of the freshness, and it will taste much better than most produce in the grocery store.  Now if those aren't enough reasons, I can't convince you to give it a try!

You can find one in your area by visiting and typing in your zip code.

Let us know if you’ve ever participated in one and give us your feedback.

My prediction is that CSA's are going to continue to grow by leaps and bounds!


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12 Responses to Here’s a Food Revolution — Join a CSA

  1. Tammi T March 31, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    DH and I have been watching Food Revolution in horror.  We both were regularly exposed to a variety of vegetables as children.  While we had our favorites, it was much easier to add them to our diet as we move toward an overall healthier eating plan.  I personally think that people will eat better when it starts with trying a variety of foods as a child.  

  2. Toree Parrish March 31, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    The University of Louisville just started having a CSA for students and staff last year. It was really awesome and they delivered them to different areas of campus so we had no excuses why we couldn't go pick them up!
    I was also wondering if you have some favorite ingredients/recipes for Quinoa? I just recently discovered this food item (thanks to the meal plans) and really like it! But I'm having a  hard time finding creative ways to add it into a meal.  

    • Chris and Kara Mohr March 31, 2010 at 11:28 am #

      This is great — what a nice service. You can saute some veggies in oil and garlic and toss those with the quinoa. Basically anything you use rice for can be substituted with quinoa. Also, if you make it with chicken broth vs. just water, it’s even more flavorful. Search the Food Network website — Ellie Krieger has a great breakfast option using it and it may be on there.

  3. Darienne March 31, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

    I watched the first two episodes of Food Revolution and I think it has the potential to motivate real change—much like The Biggest Loser has done. I suspect it is just the right forum for this information because so often (watch out for a grand generalization here) the people who do not practice healthful eating habits are the same folks who watch a lot of "reality" TV.

  4. Bob March 31, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    I watched the original Jamie's School Lunch Project on TLC a few years back and thought, "Wow, that would be great to have someone do that here." 
    Always be careful what you wish for.
    I live in Huntington, WV and have l lived within 10 miles of the city all of my life.
    I find the show hard to watch because the people on the show are people I know or have seen around town.
    I hope that the show inspries the rest of America.

  5. Carrie Grant April 1, 2010 at 4:25 am #

    I watch the first couple of shows with my kids.  At the end of the chicken nugget segment, my youngest said he would never eat them again.  (Insert happy dance here)   So, I started asking questions about the choices they get in school lunches.  The feedback wasn't pretty, it was downright ugly, even in a private school…I think it may be time for them to start packing lunches again. 
    Lucky for us, all the kids in the house are "foodies" so adding some love of nutrition is a really good thing right about now.   Easy to do since they love Jamie Oliver already…I have a couple of his cook books and as soon as the first show was over, the boys all went and grabbed a cook book from the shelves and started to pick out food that looked good.  I will be busy the next few weeks trying new recipes…but since they are involved they will enjoy it more.

  6. Dianne April 1, 2010 at 6:04 am #

    Have a great quinoa recipe that is just a little different and delicious:
    Orange Quinoa Salad  (this recipe serves 10 so I cut it in half and still have some leftovers to munch on for a day or 2). This is the full recipe
    1/4 fresh orange juice
    2T olive oil
    1 1/2 T low fat buttermilk
    2 tsp honey
    salt and pepper to taste
    1 1/3 C uncooked quinoa
    2 3/4C water
    1 C thinly sliced green onions
    1C dried cranberries (I love the Eden brand…not too sweet and sweetened with apple juice)
    1/3C fresh chopped parsley
    3T toasted sliced almonds
    Mix dressing. Set aside
    Cook quinoa. Let cool.  Stir in dressing and remaining ingred.  Can serve chilled or at room temp.  Great as a side dish or on top of a salad.
    I was wondering what your opinion of the new rage of using coconut oil.  I am incorporating it in my diet where I can to see if I can see any changes.
    Also what is your opinion of agave nectar.  It was looked at as a healthy alternative to other sweeteners or to replace sugar.  I am reading more and more on how it is even worse than HFCS.  Any clarifications? 
    Also I have been trying to find some valid info on palm oil and palm kernel oil.  I know the latter is the worst of the two.  Does palm oil have similar properties as coconut oil or is it junk?

    • Chris and Kara Mohr April 1, 2010 at 6:15 am #

      Hi Dianne,

      Thanks for the recipe — sounds great! There is some interesting data with coconut oil – it IS primarily a saturated fat, but the type of sat fat in there is different than meat, for example. I’m not totally on board with adding a ton of it to your diet, but am OK with some occasionally. We use fresh coconut a lot in shakes and such, but I’d still count it as a saturated fat, so not loading up on it like some do. We did an article about many different sweeteners awhile back, including agave — I am not impressed as a whole — still prefer raw honey if you’re going to use an added sweetener. Yes, palm oil to me would be like coconut oil.

  7. Dianne April 1, 2010 at 6:06 am #

    Sorry the way that message came out….I didn't type it like that!

  8. Kristi Jedlicki Levenhagen April 1, 2010 at 7:07 am #

    I watched the first two episodes of "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" with my 7 & 8 year old daughters, and it was a great way to reinforce what I try to teach them at home about making healthy food choices.  It also opened up a great dialogue about how food is meant to fuel our bodies and about taking good care of oneself by making smart choices about food and exercise.  Our school lunches are better than the ones portrayed on the show, but there is definite room for improvement.
    I am going to check out the CSA this year.  A friend of ours has participated in a CSA for several years and loves it.  It sounds convenient, affordable, and delicious, which is a recipe for success in my book!

  9. Darienne April 1, 2010 at 7:10 pm #

    Regarding coconut oil and saturated fats in general…please check out these two sites…http://www.Mark',  read his article "definitive guide to fats" (and all of his other articles), and, here read all the articles about saturated fats and grass fed/pastured meats. This info will give you a whole different perspective about conventional "wisdom" related to saturated fats and food in general.

  10. Angela C April 3, 2010 at 6:49 am #

    Chris and Kara,
    I watched the first night of Food Revolution with my daughter who is 14 and we both loved the show.  We are pretty healthy eaters… her, probably more that I am.  She was DISGUSTED with the chicken nugget segment.  She has taken her lunch to school since she was in the 5th grade and I'm proud to say she packs healthy items like carrots and hummus, grapes, whole wheat pasta salad.  One of our favorite foods is steamed artichokes (which really freaks her friends out)!  So… my point is– there is hope for our youth and I can't imagine Ella wanting Twinkies for breakfast after all the wonderful flavors she is being exposed to.  Love the email updates… Thanks so much for all the wonderful information.

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