Are you taking advantage of the Medica Healthy Savings program? The program helps families eat healthy and save money each month on all kinds of qualified foods. It’s almost like getting a free trip to the grocery store every month.
Click here for more information about Healthy Savings, activate your card and start using your Healthy Savings card today (the card was mailed out in January to all employees’ homes enrolled with Medica through the City).
Buy healthy. Eat healthy. Be healthy.
Direct from the farmer to your table through CSA
Coupon offer good for $50 off a Veggie Share extended to May 5.
Healthy Saint Paul is working with Fresh Earth Farms to make City Hall a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) drop off site this summer. To receive the $50 off your Veggie share order, enter coupon code YANF228KU0PG.
What is a CSA ?
Community Supported Agriculture allows city residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by a regional farmer. By becoming a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables that will be delivered weekly from mid-June through October.
What are the benefits to purchasing through a CSA?
- CSA is so much more than a bag of groceries. Buying directly from the farm means you are buying the very freshest, tastiest food with all the flavor and vitamin benefits.
- CSA produce doesn’t get shipped in cross-country delivery trucks or sit on store shelves before getting to you. You will be receiving food that has literally been pulled from the ground that very same day. As a result, the produce lasts much longer than store-bought.
- Receiving your CSA share each week helps you learn which foods grow during different times of the year. Do you know when zucchini is in season, or when a cantaloupe ripens? You won’t see watermelon in your CSA first thing in the spring. CSAs help you learn to look forward to the foods as they are harvested naturally, in their own time. Modern supermarkets have trained us to shop without seasons. We lose the healthy flow of seasons in our diets, and that flow is important to health and well-being.
- When you join a CSA, you keep your food dollars local and support a small family farm.
- CSAs offer the chance to know exactly where your food is coming from, meet the people growing it, and build a relationship with them. If you have questions about your food you can simply ask the farmer – “Do you use any chemicals?” “How do I cook (insert name of strange vegetable here)?” or “Do you have a good recipe for _____?”
Visit the Fresh Earth Farms website for more information about their farm and CSA program, and to sign up for a share. Couple shares are $645 for the season (approximately $34/week); family shares are $895 ($47/week). If a couple share is more than you need, splitting with a coworker is an option. Fresh Earth Farms offers payment plans and accepts credit cards. They require a minimum of five orders to make City Hall a drop off site, and will accept a maximum of 15.
Feel free to contact Fresh Earth Farms directly with questions. Questions about City Hall drop-off can be directed to Katie Burger at 651-266-8567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We spend a lot of time searching for professionals we can trust with our health – doctors, dentists, fitness experts, etc. Food is one of the most important ingredients for achieving good health, so we need to place importance on utilizing the best food sources available to us.
Saint Paul Athletic Club (SPAC)
SPAC is offering a membership discount to City of Saint Paul Employees. Take advantage of their free trial week to experience this club. For more information, click here.
Employee Discounts at Diamondback
Join now and save up to 40% on Diamondback and Raleigh bikes and accessories. Visit dbcorp.diamondback.com and create an account with the corporate code: CITYOFSTPAUL.