Enriching Our Bodies & Communities
Aside from exercise, eating well is the main controllable factorÂ in our health and wellness. Eating a diet high in fresh fruits andÂ vegetables helps our bodies get the vitamins and minerals weÂ need to live a long, healthy life. A great solution to getting theÂ ingredients needed to create delicious and nutritious meals isÂ by becoming a shareholder of a CSA, which stands for Community-Supported Agriculture. A CSA strengthens a communityÂ by not only providing its members with these fresh fruits andÂ vegetables, but by also keeping a larger portion of the moneyÂ in the local community it serves.
Angelic Organics, a local CSA family farm in Caledonia, Illinois,Â has been supplying the Rockford community with high-qualityÂ organic food for the past 25 years. CSAs like Angelic Organics partner with community members called shareholders.Â Community members purchase a share from the CSA at theÂ beginning of the growing season and receive boxes of fresh,Â ready-to-eat produce periodically (usually weekly) during theÂ growing season. Angelic Organics’ shareholders receive freshÂ organic produce at a lower cost than what they might spendÂ on a comparable amount of produce at Whole Foods. In return,Â the CSA has a guaranteed market for their product that buffersÂ them against the uncertainties of nature.
Our members can come in forÂ a workout and leave with theirÂ veggies for the week.
The local nature of the CSA also helps keep more money in theÂ community by lowering transportation costs and cutting outÂ supermarket middlemen. “Partnering with CSAs like Angelic Organics and Hazzard Free Farms are just another wayÂ that FitMe has strengthened its commitment to the health ofÂ our members and the local community,” says Greg Georgis,Â owner and founder of FitMe Wellness in Rockford, Illinois. “OurÂ members are sophisticated consumers who understand ourÂ motto, ‘Move More, Eat Better,’ is not just lip service. TheyÂ know the effort they put in exercising here at FitMe has to beÂ complemented by a healthy diet, so Angelic Organics andÂ FitMe have made it easy. Members can pick up their veggiesÂ anytime on Fridays directly at FitMe Wellness. They can comeÂ in for a workout and leave with their veggies for the week. OurÂ members get access to the best quality ingredients, AngelicÂ gets to lock in revenue for the summer, and the money stays inÂ our community. It is a win-win.”