Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sweetwater: Return & Investment

Today's Sweetwater pickup was robust, a welcome change after a few weeks of harvests made scant by the unusually cold weather. Today's share included: carrot bunches, joi choi, kohlrabi, broccoli, magenta lettuce, green romaine, ermosa butterhead, cilantro, radish, scallions, and arugula.

I have enjoyed many weeks of bountiful returns. Today, for the first time, I put in a little investment of time. All CSA members are required to volunteer at least four hours of time per season. Today I spend about an hour in the greenhouse thinning seedlings.

I was a pleasure to get my hands into the soil and spend time with the friendly and capable Sweetwater interns. Most of all, I enjoyed the feeling of being invested in the process of producing my own food. This just doesn't happen when you shop at the grocery store. Maybe next time the weather will be better and I can get out into the fields, and maybe even bring my four-year-old son with me. What a learning experience that will be!

Registration for Sweetwater's 2010-11 season (November to May) is currently underway for current members. New members can register starting April 1. Click HERE for more information.

If you don't live near Tampa/St. Petersburg, click HERE to find a CSA (community-supported agriculture) program near you.
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Bob's Red Mill High Fiber Cereal $2.58 on Amazon

You can get Bob's Red Mill Organic High Fiber Cereal for only $2.58 per bag if you buy it as a 4-pack on Amazon, using the Subscribe & Save program (see my blog post, Amazon's Subscribe & Save = Cheaper Groceries).

Compare that to $3.19 at Nutrition S'Mart and $3.35 on the Bob's Red Mill website. Since I rarely see sales or coupons for this brand, I'll take the discounts where I can get them!

This is the cereal I mentioned in The Perfect Breakfast. I have been enjoying it so much, I decided I would be willing to buy this in bulk. The bag says to store in the freezer, so I'm hoping I can use it all before it expires.

Don't forget to use your Swagbucks for even deeper discounts at Amazon. See my blog post, Are You Using Swagbucks?
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