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Community Supported Agriculture launches veggie subscription service

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What if you could buy fresh fruit and vegetables each week, grown by a local farmer? Community Supported Agriculture allows consumers to purchase subscriptions from local farmers, and in return, receive weekly boxes of fresh produce while getting to know the people who grow their food. Farm to Table Guam executive director Melanie Mendiola said, "Last week they got mangoes because we are in mango season and avocadoes some last week. Summertime is a great time for fruit production. Wintertime is a better time for root vegetables and things like that. It's something that is trending stateside and gaining steam on Guam. "Right now, we have about 30 subscribers and these subscribers from your local farmers. About 11 different varieties."

Farm to Table launched the CSA subscription in May and is currently on Week 2 of the 6-week service. Mendiola continued, "What we hope to do is to work with other farmers to inspire them and guide in that effort."

With a CSA subscription there are definitely advantages for consumers - you eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits, get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking, and learn how food is grown. "Some weeks it could be a little bit lighter some weeks it could be a little bit heavier," she said. "One of us do the lettuce - do like a salad lettuce type of mix with cucumbers, tomatoes for a nice salad. Maybe a citrus that you can use for your finadene. Also parsley, basil, and cilantro which we try to use on a weekly basis," she said.

And while there are plans to expand the amount of subscribers in the next couple of years, Mendiola hopes to expand on the availability of a subscription year round. "Most of the produce in the box has been harvested that morning to you."

You see, when people learn about their food, how produce and animals are raised, you form a deeper relationship with the land.

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