As if we needed another reason to join a CSA, every year the non-profit, non-partisan organization – Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases a list they refer to as the Dirty Dozen. The list is compiled of the “dirtiest” i.e. most pesticide ridden fruits and vegetables. We know that consuming fruits and vegetables coated in pesticides have potential long-term adverse effects on our health from cancer to birth defects. According to the EWG’s list of the Dirty Dozen, apples have been ranked as the number one dirtiest produce for the FIFTH year! If you noticed, several items on the list of the Dirty Dozen will be available through the Blandford Farm CSA.
Below is this years list of the Dirty Dozen. . .
The Dirty Dozen for 2015:
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Snap Peas
- Sweet Bell Peppers
You may be wondering – What does this mean? Why is it important? As a mother, a steward of our environment and a concerned citizen, I find the Dirty Dozen list to be an invaluable resource (which I regularly share with my friends and family). We keep hearing more and more about the harms of pesticides in our food and how (when possible) we should try to consumer organic produce. As consumers we have the right to know what is in our food and how it it grown. That is why I am so geeked about being part of the Blandford Farm CSA for the first time. I love that a majority of my family’s produce this season will be grown less than one mile from our home! Not only that, but the Blandford Farm uses organic growing practices and by participating in the CSA, we are supporting our local economy.
It is important to me that my children understand where food comes from, how it is grown and how rewarding it is when you eat something that you grew in your own backyard (or that you got through your CSA). Our family has been growing a small amount of produce in our backyard for the past several years. I find it incredibly fulfilling and a great way to teach my children about what it takes to grow and harvest our own in-season produce.
I am also looking forward to the challenge that will come along with what produce we will receive each week. Yes, some items will already be staples in my kitchen, but some will be new and I’ll have to figure out how to best integrate them into my family’s meals. I love trying new recipes with new ingredients, so for me, this is one of the highlights of being a member of the CSA.
About the author: Shanna Phillips has a degree in Sustainable Business from Aquinas College. She is a vegetarian who enjoys experimenting with new recipes. She enjoys hiking, gardening, traveling and spending time (preferably outdoors) with her family.