It's the New Year, you've resolved to eat healthier and you're making a beeline for the produce aisle at the nearest supermarket. Know what's better than a plastic grocery bag of pitiful, wilted spinach straight from the back of a Kroger transport truck? Maybe a box of fresh, verdant, bright spinach plucked days before and delivered to your neighborhood straight from a local farm. Yeah, the Kroger Plus Card has nothing on our friendly neighborhood farmers.
But eating local is so haaard, you might say. Most farmer's markets are clooosed and it's too cooold to go to the ones that are open! Buck up, kiddo. Atlanta offers plenty of ways for the laziest of couch potatoes to get their veggies, farm-to-table style. Below, a few of our favorites.
Farm Mobile – Farmers markets may come and go with the seasons, but the unstoppable Farm Mobile brings their farm-fresh goodness to Atlanta's doorstep all year-round. The farmers market on wheels putters around the city with a truck full of local produce (plus goods from other purveyors and artisans), making stops everywhere from Decatur to Norcross. Essentially, 'til we have drones delivering our heirloom tomatoes to our front door, this is about as easy as it gets for keeping your crisper full of local goodness.
Community Supported Agriculture – This organization is a pretty awesome way to cut the many, many middlemen out of the whole "farm to table" equation, giving carrot-lovers like you and me a way to get our fruits and veggies fresh, local and from a farmer you can actually meet and talk to. A CSA box can also be a little like a grab-bag of healthy surprises, because it only features what's freshest on the farm. (Kind of the way we were supposed to eat all along, right?) Best of all, lazybones: they deliver to plenty of neighborhoods around Atlanta. Check out the Local Harvest website to find the one closest to you.
The Vegetable Husband– Also known as Margie, this local effort makes weekly trips to community farms and stocks up on fresh, seasonal produce for her endeavor. Sounds a little like a CSA box, but a CSA that delivers itself right to your door, includes recipes for how to work with the ingredients and even takes emergency kitchen calls on the weekends from bewildered home chefs wondering how on earth they're supposed to peel a rutabaga.
So, there you have it: all the resources you need to bring the farm-to-table movement into your own kitchen. You officially have no excuse, lazybones.