It's all about sharing..

Do you think that being active is the only part of a healthy lifestyle? 
No, it isn't. There's more to it. It's important to eat healthy as well. It's important to have a balanced diet and nutrition. 
There is one easy way to get in both.  It will also benefit the local community as well. It is as simple as becoming involved in Community Supported Agriculture (or CSA - for short.)  It will be great way to support local farmers and keep money in the local economy. It is almost like buying shares of stock from your favorite company, but you are buying produce instead. It is a great way to pay it forward within our community and for our health too.
My husband and I are part of a CSA at the Green Grocer in Chicago. We receive fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables on a weekly basis. Most of the produce that we receive in our weekly shares come from organic farm where they don't use pesticides or chemicals when they grow their products. We have had a lot of success each week with what we have picked up. Every week has a different list of products that we receive, which always keeps us on our toes and maintained variety in our diet.  We also have had produce that we had not had before and have educated ourselves to be creative with what we receive. It has always come out delicious at the end.
The costs of the CSA is very economical and cost effective. Some CSA's have you pay the full season or year upfront and some allow you to make weekly share payments.  You just need to research information on each of the CSA's in the area.  I have been fortunate to do some of the research for you.  I have listed below some links for Illinois CSA's in the area.
CSA Organizations
Local CSA Farms
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    Greetings, Chicago Suburbanites! Welcome to Active Suburbia! My name is Denise, but I am known as Firefly, Red, and "Hey there". I will be your tour guide to everything active within the Chicago suburbs. In this blog, I will be your guide to places within the Chicagoland Suburbs that will help lead a more active lifestyle and a lot of fun too. In fact, studies have shown that reading this blog will bring a smile on your face, a spring in your step, and burn those last nasty 5 lbs that you can't get off. (Ok, everything's true except for the last one that hasn't been proved.....YET, but I am determined to make it true.) Here's a short introduction about myself: I am a very active person. You can say that I have endurance, determination, grit, and hard work in my bones. I enjoy running and cycling. I have completed a couple of marathons, half-marathons, 5K's, etc in my running career. I also enjoy trying most things active and willing to explore if I have to. I enjoy checking out the trails near me and doing a lot of running. I also completed my 1st Century ride last September and loved every minute of it. I am also a suburbanite living in the awesome suburb of Berwyn. I am a suburban girl at heart and love every minute of it. I originally grew up in the frozen tundra of the Twin Cities. I am also a die-hard sports fan and enjoy the competitive nature of it. I love baseball, college and professional football, and even hockey. I love cheering for my Twins, Vikings, Golden Gophers, and Avalanche (LONG story - trust me!). I am always interested in finding more fun places within the Chicago suburbs. If you know of a gem, shoot me an e-mail at activesuburbia@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Twitter too.

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