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In my spare time, I love to read, I love to cook and I love to eat. My mind is constantly going over ideas for flavor combinations, which book I will read next and which aspect of the food industry it will cover, what am I going to eat for my next meal, which local eatery I will go to for my Chomp! piece, what will I place in my small plastic basket when I go to H-E-B next, etc.

Along those lines, I've just completed reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer and also watched the documentary Food Inc. by filmmaker Robert Kenner. As I was sat through the film, which I watched just before finishing Eating Animals, I was amazed at the overlap in concepts between the film and the book and also from other books that I have read, including Upton Sinclar's The Jungle and Michael Pollan's Ominivore's Dilemma. While all published at different times, The Jungle published more than a century ago and others more recently, each cover aspects of the food industry that go a little more knee-deep, in-depth than some would like to know about, such as issues pertaining to food safety and sanitation, consumer health and animal welfare.

To avoid turning this post into a lecture, I encourage anyone interested in where their food comes from to read the books, or watch the documentary. They are insightful, to say the least, about what you are putting in your mouth and the mouths of your children, family and or friends. It is because these informative literary and documentary devices that I am now in search of a local CSA, or community supported agriculture program.

Texas, being so large in the agriculture industry, must have a large number of CSAs. I know that living in a smaller city may lend itself to a limited resource of locally-grown and raised, but at the same time, living in the Crossroads, we should also have the accessibility to them.

I know that I've been here just a year or so, but I still think of myself as new to the area. The farmer's market is a great place to start, but what about a year-round resource? Are there any local farmers worth paying a visit to? What about farm-fresh eggs?

In Albuquerque, there are about four or five CSAs and some even had programs where you could help on the farm a few hours a month to pay for membership fees. Are there any local farms that do that in the Crossroads? I am in search for them. Let me know where to find them.