If you suspect you're not getting enough greens, or you just can't get enough veggies and fruits, several local farms and co-ops offer veggie boxes — a pre-packaged assortment of whatever's fresh. Veggie boxes usually contain a few staples, with seasonal additions and optional extras. Some growers even offer subscription services. Here's the scoop on a few.
» Grow Dat Youth Farm (150 Zachary Taylor Drive, 504-300-1132; www.growdatyouthfarm.org) distributes veggie boxes via a program called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). CSA amounts to an investment in the farm — customers pay $450 for an 18-week subscription (which amounts to $25 per box), and Grow Dat uses the fees to fund the farm and its youth programs. The spring dates run Feb. 21 to June 23, and boxes can be picked up at the farm. Regular produce includes salad mix, herbs, kale and other greens. Seasonal additions include beets, carrots, cucumbers, hot peppers and turmeric. Sourdough bread from Bellegarde bakery is an optional add-on.
» Stoney Point Farm (38082 Highway 10, Franklinton, 504-717-3812; www.facebook.com/stoneypointfarm) offers CSA veggie boxes for $315 per 15-week subscription, which works out to $21 per box. The CSA schedule begins March 6, but subscribers can skip weeks as needed. Individual boxes also can be purchased for $25 each. Veggie selections include seasonal produce and fresh honey harvested on the farm, and customers can request home delivery (via Stoney Point or Abita Fresh) or go to pick up hubs in the New Orleans metro area. Stoney Point is a L3C (low-profit limited liability company) that uses revenue to train farmers and support military veterans.