Amber Housley

CSA’s and Healthy Family Living

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(Red potatoes, green onions, scapes and herbs – all from my weekly CSA share and made a great side dish for dinner. Just toss in a pan with some olive oil and lightly stir fry).

Are you familiar with CSA's in your area? I first heard about CSA's last year from several of my (hip, East Nashvillian) co-workers. So my friend Sheri and I signed up this season and split a family share. She picks up the share for us over the weekend and brings my half to work on Monday's.

If you're not familiar with a CSA, here is LocalHarvest's definition:

Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a
popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.
Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the
public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm
products may be included. Interested 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.

I had always wanted a garden when we moved to our new house. But between all my dozens of activities and things going on, it likely would have been an eyesore and big source of grief for my husband. So for me, a CSA is the next best thing! It's really exciting to see what will be in your box each week and forces you to get creative with your meals. You never know what you're going to get and sometimes it even includes something you wouldn't normally buy at the store. I'm especially excited that Colin is very close to solids and I have already made my first batch of green beans baby food using the ones I got in my CSA share last week. (More on baby food making in another post)…

I swear the food just tastes more fresh and tastier than what you'd find in stores…because you know it was grown locally and where it came from! Besides subscribing to the CSA for our weekly vegetables (I still get fruit such as bananas and apples on my weekly grocery store trip), I like to buy only free-range, organic eggs and organic milk (the Happy Cow label as I like to call it). While there are plenty of things I do that aren't the healthiest, I think all of these little healthy changes add up to something good for our family in the end.

We use Avalon Acres for our CSA, who do you use or have you ever thought about subscribing? What sort of healthy choices have you made for your family?

Letter: Month Four


Colin, this month officially marks the month you turned from a newborn to a bouncing baby boy.

You have transitioned out of so many clothes now and the plastic bin for the attic is slowly filling.
So many 0-3 months and 3 months little onesies and shirts are in piles. I will miss so many of my favorite outfits. Now we're on to the 6 month wardrobe and there are new summer outfits to enjoy. Can you tell how much Mama enjoys dressing you? I seriously have a hard time deciding which outfit you will wear to school each day. Sometimes I even "save" outfits for an outing during the week to make sure it's clean for the event. :)


You have graduated to some new toys, the exersaucer and the bumbo. Each of them you're still feeling out and getting used to something new. Your head and neck is still a little wobbly but you are gaining strength every day. You are wide-eyed and taking everything in…such a good little observer are you. So easily entertained by your Mama and Daddy and you have turned into our little smily giggle man at every opportunity. My favorite thing is when you are stretched out on your changing table, you start to flap your arms around and kick your legs all excited like you're dancing. At the end of this month those giggling dance moves have really led to some squeals and fun noises. We have a feeling your jibber jabbering is about to get a whole lot more frequent…


You went on your first overnight trip this month. We drove out to the country – just you, me, Daddy and Rocco. It was such a relaxing weekend and you did great. We stayed at a cabin on a horse farm and spent the days outside while Daddy fished by the pond and you and I just sat and relaxed. We also headed down to Rock Island and spent some time on the beach. We can't wait to bring you back here when you're bigger and can build castles in the sand and play in the water. 


At your 4 month appointment, you tipped the scales at 17 pounds! Your height and weight are both in the 80 percentile and your head is in the 40 percentile. This month was a great month with not really any colds or illnesses which is a small feat since you have your hand or one of your toys in your mouth about 90% of the time (and your drooling face is just so darn cute!).


This time is going by so fast. You have turned into this little boy overnight and I realize this every time I put on one of your outfits that make you look like a little boy vs. just a little baby. Every day with every new smile and giggle and squeal just gets better than the next.  We fall more in love with you every day!