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Why Eat Farm Fresh Local?

Buying and eating food from local farms makes for healthier and fresher meals, supports local growers, and cuts down the carbon footprint of your food consumption. Since it has fewer miles to travel to your plate, produce is often harvested more recently and is more nutritious than food from farther away.

 

Sign up for CSA@Work (Community Supported Agriculture)

CSAs are weekly deliveries of fresh vegetables and fruits from local farms. To earn Healthy Incentives credit, in addition to completing a wellness assessment, sign up by June 1 (and pay in full by August 4) for a season-long CSA share through select King County worksites and receive a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season – usually June through November. Submit proof of payment by Friday, August 4, 2017 to KCBenefits@kingcounty.gov. Learn more about CSAs in the FAQs below, and sign up by clicking on the CSA below that serves your preferred building.

Note: Only King County employees – not covered spouses or partners – may receive Healthy Incentives credit for the CSA@Work program. Employees must select a King County CSA worksite pickup to be eligible for Healthy Incentives credit. 

King County CSA@Work worksites and CSA programs for 2017 are:

 

Pike Place Market CSA
Atlantic/Central Base (Base employees only) [map]
Downtown Public Health Center [map]
King County Youth Services Center [map]

Oxbow CSA
Chinook Building [map]
King Street Center [map]

Mezza Luna CSA
Columbia City Center for Health [map]
Environmental Lab (Lab employees only) [map]

Snoqualmie Valley Co-op CSA
King County Elections – Renton (Elections employees only) [map]
King County Administration Building [map]
King County International Airport/Boeing Field (Airport employees only) [map]
Maleng Regional Justice Center [map]
Roads Maintenance Building A [map]
South Base (Base employees only) [map]

 

Text for Well-Being 

You receive eat local tips and inspiration – directly to your phone. If you are enrolled in the Text for Well-Being program with Healthy Incentives, you select the Farm Fresh Local focus area and will need to text three times per week for six weeks to complete this Individual Action Plan. Learn about choosing this Individual Action Plan here.

More local food tips and resources

Cooking is an invaluable life skill and what better way to enjoy local food than by preparing a memorable meal? If you find a fruit or vegetable that you’re unfamiliar with at a farmers market or in your CSA box, ask a farmer or do some research online. Go to Puget Sound Fresh for great recipes that feature Northwest-grown produce.

King County has more than 30 farmers markets. Few places do food better than King County, with more than 100 products grown here. Whatever your reason for buying local—supporting local farmers, sourcing what’s fresh and in season, better nutrition, or advocating for food access—visiting a farmers market is a great way to start. Some farmers markets run year-round. Find the location of your nearest farmers market.

CSA Frequently Asked Questions

CSAs are a popular way for consumers to buy local seasonal food directly from a farmer who offers a “share” in their harvest. Typically, the share consists of a weekly box of vegetables delivered throughout the farming season – usually June through October.

 

Participating in the CSA@Work program is a great way to commit to eating vegetables throughout the growing season with a convenient weekly delivery to King County worksites. CSAs deliveries often include recipe ideas to help expand your horizons or instructions on cooking with unique ingredients. They can become a weekly bonding activity for other eaters in your household and remind you of what is seasonal and fresh on King County farmland.

 

 

Four King County CSA programs offer deliveries to select King County employee worksites in 2017:

Oxbow and Mezza Luna are single-farm CSAs that grow all the food in each box (though you can add local honey or mushroom shares through Oxbow’s program). Pike Place Market and Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Co-op are cooperative models that include food from 15 different farms. Some CSAs offer different box sizes to account for different household sizes and eating habits.

King County buildings will host only one CSA program each, so select a CSA program that excites you AND delivers to a conveniently located building.

 

2017 CSA worksite assignments

Pike Place Market CSA
Atlantic/Central Base (Base employees only) [map]
Downtown Public Health Center [map]
King County Youth Services Center [map]

Oxbow CSA
Chinook Building [map]
King Street Center [map]

Mezza Luna CSA
Columbia City Center for Health [map]
Environmental Lab (Lab employees only) [map]

Snoqualmie Valley Co-op CSA King County Elections – Renton (Elections employees only) [map] King County Administration Building [map] King County International Airport/Boeing Field (Airport employees only) [map] Maleng Regional Justice Center [map] Roads Maintenance Building A [map] South Base (Base employees only) [map]

Costs vary per CSA program and per CSA size, and ranges in cost from $18 - $30 per week. Some programs offer installment plans.
You must sign up with one of the four participating CSA programs at a King County worksite for a season-long share by June 1 (and pay in full by August 4). Submit proof of payment by Friday, August 4, 2017 to KCBenefits@kingcounty.gov. In order to earn Healthy Incentives gold, you must also complete your wellness assessment.

Only King County employees – not covered spouses or partners – may receive Healthy Incentives credit for the CSA@Work program. Employees must select a King County CSA worksite pickup to be eligible for Healthy Incentives credit.

You may also earn Healthy Incentives credit by volunteering as a CSA Site Coordinator for your building. CSA Site Coordinator roles are filled for 2017. If you are interested in volunteering in 2018, or want to bring CSA deliveries to your building in the future, contact healthyincentives@kingcounty.gov.

 

Buying a CSA helps farmers early in the season with “seed money” to plant crops for the summer harvest. Farmers can spend more time growing healthy delicious food, delivering to members shortly after harvest, and practicing good stewardship on their land.

 

Contact the Healthy Incentives team at healthyincentives@kingcounty.gov with any additional questions. We’d love to hear from you!

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