Wellness At Work: Community Supported Agriculture

For those of you who might be new to F&F, my full-time job is spearheading a wellness program for a Massachusetts-based electronic health vendor company. The program, named Wellness Works, has been underway for almost a year now, but yesterday kicked off one of our most exciting initiatives to date, a community supported agriculture program!

For those of you who have been around awhile, you might remember that Tim and I participated in a CSA program last year. If you aren’t familiar with the concept of a CSA, it is a growing movement that not only supports farm preservation, but it also connects communities with the land and people who grow their food. As supporters of local farming, CSA members enjoy their share of the harvest. I am thrilled to be a part of the group who made receiving fresh produce and farm fresh eggs at work possible this year!

Heaven's Harvest Farm Tour

Heaven's Harvest Farm Tour

After researching several local places, our company decided to partner with Heaven’s Harvest. I included this article in a recent Friday Favorites, but it mentions some of the benefits to offering produce deliveries at work. I like it for the accessibility and convenience, and Tim likes it for the opportunity to get creative with new to us foods. However, I’m most excited for staff who don’t necessarily eat all that well to have the opportunity to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in their diets.

Some of the main reasons we chose to work with Heaven’s Harvest include:

  • All certified organic produce
  • Three different share offerings (small, medium, and large) as opposed to a lot of the other farms that only offered two
  • Flexible payment options (staff can choose to pay upfront or in installments)
  • All customer service issues handled directly through the farm
  • Willingness of the farm to deliver to all seven of our Massachusetts based buildings
  • Excellent service and follow-up we received from the Heaven’s Harvest family

A couple of weeks ago, the farmers invited us for a tour so we could understand the process firsthand. I took a field trip out to New Braintree with two of my co-workers, and we had a great time seeing the inner workings of the farm. Here are some scenes from our visit:

Heaven's Harvest Farm Tour

Heaven's Harvest Farm Tour


Heaven's Harvest Farm Tour

Heaven's Harvest Farm Tour

Heaven's Harvest Farm Tour

Heaven's Harvest Farm Tour


Heaven's Harvest Farm Tour

Heaven's Harvest Farm Tour

Heaven's Harvest Farm Tour

Heaven's Harvest Farm Tour

Heaven's Harvest Farm Tour

Heaven's Harvest Farm Tour

Heaven's Harvest Farm Tour

Heaven's Harvest Farm Tour

Heaven's Harvest Farm Tour

Heaven's Harvest Farm Tour

We were also invited to stay for a homemade lunch, so after our tour we enjoyed a delicious meal that really hit the spot.

Heaven's Harvest Farm Tour

Heaven's Harvest Farm Tour

Heaven's Harvest Farm Tour

Heaven's Harvest Farm Tour

Everything was so tasty, and we really enjoyed the company and conversation at lunch. The Heaven’s Harvest family was extremely hospitable and gracious, and I knew leaving that day that we made the right choice for our CSA vendor.

Heaven's Harvest Farm Tour

After the first delivery at work yesterday, everybody was just so happy! Worksite wellness offerings really do increase morale.

CSA Delivery

CSA Delivery

Tim and I opted for the medium share this summer, and the cost is almost $40 a week from June 10th through September 18th, with a little extra for the eggs. Check out the items from our first box today:

CSA Delivery 2

Sweet potatoes, asparagus, romaine lettuce, dandelion greens, a awesomely huge tomato, red mustard greens, radishes, oregano, broccoli raab, and scallions. I love it! I really want to include a CSA series over the summer that highlights how Tim and I use all our produce, but we’ll see if I actually have time to follow through with that. Pictures at the very least!

Because of the Tuesday deliveries and busy summer weekends, we’ve decided to switch our meal plan and food prep day from Sundays to Tuesdays/Wednesdays. It will be a work in progress for a couple of weeks until we settle into a new routine, but I’ll let you know how it goes!

On our list of things to cook over the next couple of days:

  • This sweet potato salad
  • A chicken gnocchi skillet with dandelion greens and radishes
  • Asparagus, mushroom, and ricotta pizza for Friday night

And we’ll see what else comes to mind!

–Let’s chat–
Have you participated in a CSA program before? Does your company offer this benefit or anything similar to staff? What would you make with these ingredients?
Have you ever toured an organic farm before?

I don’t blog about every initiative we put on at work, but for some more posts from my wellness at work series:

The Awk Spot: The Time I Blew Up A Ball At My Desk

You GUYS. I haven’t posted something in my Awk Spot series in a WHOLE YEAR. Don’t worry, I haven’t lost my love for awkward moments. Rest assured that awkward situations and people are CERTAINLY still finding me. I guess I just haven’t written about as many of my awkward experiences as I used to? A reader actually called me out recently on not having posted any awk spots in a long time, so today I’m here to warn you guys about how NOT to blow up an exercise ball at work.


Through my worksite wellness program, we encourage staff to decrease the amount of time spent sitting all day, and we recommend replacing standard desk chairs with alternative workstations. My group recently purchased a few stability balls and standing desks to “practice what we preach.” I put that in quotes because I haven’t been the best about making the switch from my desk chair, but I’m trying!

Standing Desk

However, if you ARE making the switch to a stability ball chair, my advice to you is to forgo the old-fashioned hand pump when trying to blow the damn thing up. Otherwise, you are going to look extremely awkward while pumping away under your desk.

Stability Ball Chair

Really, it’s not the best motion to be doing in the work place. It gets you weird looks. Oh, and welcome to my little 9-5 home. Now you have a visual of my work environment. Pretty exciting standard. I look smart in my glasses though, don’t I?

ANYWAYS. Back to pumping. Get rid of the hand pump. But really, the foot pump isn’t necessarily much better…

Wellness Works: Work antics

Right?! Why is blowing up a darn stability ball the funniest slash dirtiest thing ever?! Even the directions were dirty. I can’t even repeat what they said to do. Don’t worry, once the ball is blown up, sitting on it is a whole different story. Every movement gets you an awkward squeak where you feel obligated to explain that you are sitting on a stability ball so your co-workers don’t think you are THAT person who farted at their desk. Oh, and there’s really no graceful way to get off of the ball when standing back up. Trust me. None.

I promise that my corporate wellness programming is more advanced than this, but I needed something silly to get me through the end of my week. Now I’m off to put together an inspirational wellness talk that I’m giving to a group of nurses at a marketing event in a couple of weeks.

I’m thinking I’ll leave the balls out of it.

–Let’s chat–
Do you use an alternative workstation? Any awkward exercise ball stories you’d like to share?
Does anyone want to tell me about an awkward moment you’ve had recently?

New to F&F in the past year? You have a lot of catching up to do!


Life Lately {April 2014}

Morning! Time to chat about what’s been going on in my life lately. As you guys know, April was busy busy!

Life Lately

At the beginning of April, I flew out to Minnesota for work. I did several different staff trainings throughout the week, but the highlight of my visit was obviously the day I got to focus on our wellness program.

Minnesota Wellness Program

Other highlights included some pretty good hotel workouts, a delicious margarita, and my first outdoor patio meal of the season.


April weekend highlights include:

My Chicago adventures, which you can read all about here if you missed my recap post.

Chicago: The Bean

Tim’s birthday weekend, which included dinner at The Blue Dragon, a two-hour brewing session at Hopsters, and dinner with his family at The Local in Newton.

Tim's Birthday: Blue Dragon

Greek Easter, and as always, there was lots of food and our annual Easter egg cracking tournament.

Greek Easter 2014

Marathon Monday, which was spent with our friends Bret and Ashley in Cleveland Circle.

Marathon Monday

And finally, Slesh’s bridal shower in Connecticut.

Slesh's Bridal Shower

Some other things from my month:

Pretty flowers


Worksite wellness meets office antics

Wellness Works: Work antics

Homemade pretzel night

Homemade Pretzel Night

A fun fitness focus group at Reebok Headquarters with fellow Fitfluential ambassadors

Fitness Focus Group at Reebok

NatureBox snacks to my doorstep. I really enjoyed the three-month subscription that Tim’s sister gave me for Christmas, so I was pumped when POPSUGAR offered to send me another box through my relationship with them. I know there are a lot of subscription boxes out there, but this one is my favorite out of the three different ones I’ve tried so far. If you guys are interested, the POPSUGAR Must Have Snacks by NatureBox will be 50% off for a limited time here. I highly recommend trying it!

PopSugar Must Have Snacks by Nature Box

That’s it for April! I know we’re well into May already, but here’s what I have going on this month (a couple of which have already happened):

  • Blog friends dinner with Steph and Caroline
  • Katrina’s shower and bachelorette weekend
  • Bottling session at Hopsters for the beer brewed in April
  • Maybe finally seeing my friends from home? My childhood friend Matt just proposed to his girlfriend Katie last weekend!
  • Work 5k obstacle race
  • Mother’s Day
  • Slesh’s bachelorette weekend in New York
  • Dinner date with my friend Erin
  • Two free weekends, woohoo! I’m remaining non-committal for now, but I can’t decide if I want to try to escape to the Cape to kick off summer or stay at home and just relax with no plans. We’ll see!

–Let’s chat–
What are some of your highlights from April? What fun things are you looking forward to in May?

Disclaimer: POPSUGAR and NatureBox provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have Snacks by NatureBox box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own, and POPSUGAR and NatureBox did not tell me what to say or how to say it.