One really easy way to incorporate green living into your daily life is to make an effort to buy locally from Las Cruces, New Mexico vendors. Buying locally is a great principal whether you are building a custom home, shopping for a hybrid car, or buying produce. A great way to shop locally is to purchase local produce at your local grocery store, Farmers Market or through a local New Mexico CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm.
Across the country, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a very popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a local farmer. Here are the basics of how a CSA works: a local farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products, such as fruit, flowers and herbs, may be included. Local consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
There are many advantage to buying your produce (and other goods) from a local New Mexico Farmer:
- Supporting your local economy
- Local produce is fresher and therefore more nutritious
- Buying produce that is in-season
- Reducing your impact on the environment since your produce isn’t being shipped in from around the world
- Building your community and relationships with your neighbors
Las Cruces, New Mexico has two great CSA programs through Dixie Chickens and Luna Fibre Farm. If you are interested in taking part in this years CSA, contact Dixie Chickens at 575-201-3494 and Luna Fibre Farm at 575-824-0980.
Next time you head out for produce, think about living green by buying locally!
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