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Buy A Share or Two

Where is your food grown? China, Mexico, Chile. Do you even know.

While the US still produces a good amount of the food we eat, we are slowly (and sometimes quickly) slipping from the top spot. For a whole slew of reasons, the farmers here in the US are being overtaken as the leading food producers in the world. Not good for us, the consumer.

Instead of having your food grown a long ways away and then trucked in to you, why not take a look at other options. With the price of food going up anyways, due to food shortages around the globe, and now, the rising price of gas, a lot of us will try to figure out how to save a few bucks. Here are some ideas.

Hit the farmers markets. If you do not know where any are in your area, look online. There are many out there. Farmers markets give consumers a great way to compare lots of produce side by side for quality and price. You can also find out what kind of chemicals the grower uses.

Another idea is to sign up for what is called a CSA- Community Sponsored Agriculture. Basically you buy a share of a farm, and get paid back every week in the form of a "farm share box". Shares are usually purchased prior to the growing season for a one time flat rate. Once the season gets underway, every week, the shareholders get to divvy up whatever gets pulled out of the ground that week. Some CSA's allow you to add eggs or honey or other farm type products.

With both of the above methods the produce is referred to as seasonal. In other words, apples will not be available in May. While this takes some getting used to, the idea of getting fresh produce, grown in your area, at a farm that you can visit, is very appealing. Besides saving you money, it also puts money back into your area, instead of some village in China or Mexico.

Comment balloon 11 commentsKevin Robinson • February 27 2011 09:58AM

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Wow, did you ever hit a nerve with me.  You are right and I wish we all thought about how we lived more often.

Thanks for the post..

Posted by Vincent Cascio (Black Hawk Virtual Media) over 7 years ago

For the last 2 months, my food has come from Nutrisystems as I have 10lbs LEFT to loose......I'll have quite a supply of food in my pantry - just need a pyrex measuring bowl, microwave and a fork!!!  WHEW!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 7 years ago

Wallace- You will be ready for bikini season soon. Warm weather is just around the corner.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer over 7 years ago

Interesting ideas Kevin.  There are big changes on the horizon especially if gas prices go over $5 per gallon. It will definitely change the way people live.

Posted by Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Rob- I believe we should all think out of the box. It will move us forward rather than backward. Just my two cents.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer over 7 years ago

...I think I'll buy MORE XOM this week....I AM multi-tasking more and planning my routes to have MAX efficiency with trip, time and gas * I'm using MORE paper for my To Do List

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 7 years ago

Kevin - thanks for that CSA lead. There are two farms in my area  and I will be checking them out.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 7 years ago

Mike- Check out localharvest.org. Good stuff on there.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer over 7 years ago

You will not hear any of this from your politicians, they get to much money from big agra.

Posted by Dale Terry over 7 years ago

great Post Kevin , It would almost be advantageous for people to build a victory garden as in WWII in their back yard and sell to their neighbors or at the very least trade for other vegetables.

Posted by Bill Lauler, Associate Broker,CIPS,CRB,SRES,GRI (Chase Realty LLC) over 7 years ago

Dale- I agree. They get paid to keep quiet.

Lauler- Victory Garden may be the ticket.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer over 7 years ago

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