Thursday, July 07, 2011

This year I'm lucky enough to be a part of a local Community Supported Agriculture farm. For those that don't know, CSA is a way to be a part of a local farm's success and to get fresh produce weekly! My husband and I bought a "share" in the farm in January for around 150.00 (half shares were available too) and now every week through October we get a whole bunch of fresh produce from the farm! Not only do the farmers wash the produce and make it look gorgeous, they deliver it every Tuesday to the food co-op a block from my work. AND, they post a blog about everything that is in the share, including different ways of cooking the produce.

Thank goodness for the recipes and cooking tips because I have never tried or even heard of some of this produce: Mizuna? Purple Orach? Senposai? Seriously? Anyway, we have all these vegetables and we have to do SOMETHING with them, so I have started reading the recipes.

I had no idea there were so many different types of salad greens out there. And I had no idea that simple salad greens could taste SO GOOD. My new favorite is baby pac choi (AKA bok choy) I love the leaves raw, although they could be good dipped in ranch dressing I suppose.

Last night I made quiche from the recipe they provided. SO GOOD!!

We have enough salad fixings to have salad every single day. Plus beets, onions, radishes and kohlrabi. I had never eaten kohlrabi but yesterday I ate a whole one!! YUMMY!!

As the season goes on there will be less salad/cooking greens and more substantial vegetables. We are in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and it is a short, intense growing season. All I know is that we get ALL THESE VEGGIES for around 10.00 a week!! WOW. Fresh and ORGANIC.

It's a steal, and I am so happy I am part of this!! I would recommend everyone who can to become a part of a CSA. It is a little more expensive up front, since we pay for the whole growing season before the season starts, but now we are reaping the benefit.

If you guys would like to see pictures of the farm that I have my share in, and read about the local family that runs it, and see the great recipes, here is the link!!

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    I love the concept of a CSA. Until I can take advantage of one, I shop my local farmers' markets -- I love trying new produce. Kohlrabi is one of my favorites, too!
    3359 days ago
  • DR1939
    I live in a rural farming area and there is no CSA available. The CSAs near us truck everything 150 miles to the nearest large city.
    3359 days ago
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