Big Box-o-Veggies; A Lovely CSA Farm Share

 

A coworker of Mat’s gave us a big box of locally grown organic produce this past Friday from a local farm.  She is part of a CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture farm where you pay a fee for the growing season (usually $400-$600) and receive an assortment of veggies and herbs on a weekly basis.  In this case she would be out-of-town, and thought we would enjoy them.

Of course, I am a huge veggie-a-holic and so we are about halfway through our box of veggies after only a couple days.  It is interesting to me how everything tastes just that much better when it is grown with care.  The onions and garlic are stronger and the carrots are sweeter.  Don’t even get me started on the tomatoes which should be enjoyed with a cloth napkin and a knife and fork.

We have bought CSA farm shares in the past and really enjoyed the experience.  The farm that we joined encouraged us to walk through the fields and also visit their farm animals.  It was an excellent learning experience for both my daughters and me.  I enjoyed veggies that I had never even heard of like tomatillos and kohlrabi.  Also, they had a fun pick-your-own cherry tomato, herb and basil area.  Let me tell you, there is nothing on earth like ranch dressing made with fresh herbs.

 

We missed the bus with this CSA this year but plan on joining next year. Local Harvest is an excellent website for finding CSAs in your area.  You can search by your zip code and see a map of farms in your area and find links to access their websites.  You may be as surprised as I was that there are so many in your area!

Also, if you are interested in purchasing grass fed beef or other responsibly raised livestock, check out Eat Wild for a listing of ranches in your area.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Happenstance Wife
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 23:20:20

    We currently only participate in a raw milk CSA, but we’re a fan of veggie CSAs, too! What’s great is that you end up “buying” things you wouldn’t normally buy, so you might get a new favorite meal! My favorite feature of CSAs.

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  2. Green Janie
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 00:28:32

    Cool, I hadn’t heard of a raw milk CSA before, I’ll have to see if there is anything like that in my area. Thanks for stopping by!

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