Being part of an online community has its risks and rewards. There's nowhere to hide when you make a misstep. On the other hand, I feel most useful when I'm sharing content and helping people connect.
So I thought: why not carry this small-scale activism offline in the form of buying a CSA farmshare? This June through November, my husband and I will be receiving fresh, organic veggies from Enterprise Produce. Our farmshare will (according to the website) help the farm keep staff working year-round and increase the variety of products available to everyone in the farmshare.
The risks? We end up with more kale than we could possibly eat. Worst-case scenario, the farm is devastated by flooding, pestilence, or some other act of Dog and we're left empty-handed. Highly unlikely, you say? That's what we (my husband and I) think. The rewards: great produce at less than Whole Paycheck prices and the satisfaction of knowing we're supporting our local farmers and our local economy.
The real challenge: cooking delicious, seasonal meals on the fly. Stay tuned for the results, starting in June.
NOTE: I am a fan of Whole Foods. But wish their prices were lower so everyone could afford to shop there.