A community supported agriculture program, or CSA, allows citizens to have access to high quality, fresh and locally grown foods from regional farmers. Most CSAs allow you to purchase a weekly or bi-weekly “share” of food to pick up at a convenient location.

Melissa Young, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska health care delivery strategic partner, signed up for her second eight-week session of a local community supported agriculture program through Lone Tree Foods.

Melissa originally heard about the Lone Tree Foods subscription box through BCBSNE’s wellness program. 

She decided to try out the weekly subscription box in early spring, in hopes that it would help her family try new foods and eat healthier.

“Part of the experience is seeing the items you receive each week and researching recipes to prepare those foods,” said Melissa. “I love that it encourages my family to venture out and try new things.”

Lone Tree Foods offers a small, veggie or supreme box varying in number of vegetables and “value items” like farm-fresh eggs, meat or cheeses.

Although Lone Tree services Omaha, Lincoln, Raymond and Crete, there are many CSA programs across the state, supporting local famers and promoting fresh, healthy foods.

Community supported agriculture programs offer convenience, affordability, access to local produce and more.

“I like the variety,” said Melissa. “It has made us eat more vegetables as a family and has gotten my kids involved in the kitchen.”