Lettuce talk about eating locally

Fresh carrots, radishes, greens, and onions

Fresh produce and baked items from Black Soil KY. | Photo by @blacksoilky

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How many bags of spinach do you throw out a month? Probably more than you’d like to admit, right? Statistics show that Americans waste $161 billion worth of food annually — the average family of 4 throws out $1,500 each year. Buying locally might just motivate you to think before your food — and your money — wind up in the trash.

Food for thought

Try CSAs on for size. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Local farms offer up shares of their crops think subscription or membership — to the community each season. Your subscription gets you a box of specially-selected local goodies. They vary per farm, but CSA boxes contain everything from fruits and vegetables to meat + eggs.

Local farms are now enrolling for their summer season offerings, so we’ve rounded up four that offer home delivery or local pick-up in Lexington.

Close up shot of a variety of lettuces.

Bright fresh lettuces from Elmwood Stock Farm | 📸:@elmwoodstockfarm

Black Soil KY, 107 W. Loudon Ave. | $443 for 18 weeks | A variety of seasonal vegetables for a family of any size + option for a la carte add-ons. Both pickup and delivery options are available.
Elmwood Stock Farm, 3520 Paris Pike, Georgetown | $599+ for 20 weeks | Seasonal produce, meats, and eggs for home delivery, farm pick-up, or a full online store.
High Five Farm, 9335 McCowans Ferry Rd., Versailles | ~$540 for 20 weeks | Offering a variety of vegetables and herbs, you can pay per week or for a full season upfront. Its seasons run May-July + September-November with pick up available at the Sunday Southland Farmers Market.
Sustainable Harvest Farm, 108 Pistol Creek Rd., London | $572 for 22 weeks | Running from May-October it offers fruits, vegetables, cheese, and eggs with multiple pick-up locations available + home delivery.

Kentucky Proud and the Kentucky Farm Share Coalition are great resources — listing out farms in the state + sharing which produce is currently in season. If price or commitment seems daunting, consider sharing with a friend. Many farms also offer a la carte produce through their online shop, or can be found at the Lexington Farmers’ Market.

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