Monday, July 27, 2009

From the Farm:: Our CSA

This weeks CSA share brought lots of goodies! ...I think it's the best week so far, fingers crossed for more sunny days!
2 lbs fava beans
1 lb string beans (various colors!)
Spring onions
3 lbs cucumbers
1 lb carrots
Bunch of parsley
5 lbs plus (yes - 5 lbs! pie recipes to come)
3 lbs peaches 
1 lb cooking greens (chard)
and milk

So every week I go and pick up our box of veggies, fruits, cheese, milk, and eggs!  One of the best parts of this is that you don't know what you are getting.  It sounds scary at first, but it forces you to experiment with new recipes and flavors.  My challenge this week: fava beans.  Any ideas?

I've gotten a few questions on what the CSA actually is and how it works.  Here are the basics:
CSA is Community Supported Agriculture which means that you are buying food directly from a local farm.  Every season local farms have a certain number of 'shares' (or memberships) that they sell in advance, in exchange you get a weekly delivery of seasonal vegetables. You can also purchase 'add ons' such as fruit, milk, cheese, yogurt, even chicken 'shares'.

It's a win-win situation for both farmers and consumers (ie: city dwellers like me whose only plot of land is little pot of basil growing by the window).  The farms have guaranteed business before the season begins which helps them with cash-flow, and we get local, seasonal, organic produce for a whole season. 

Produce is harvested at its peak and delivered straight to you  so you can't beat the flavors and freshness.

Here's our farm Norwich Meadows..doesn't it look charming? :-) I can't wait to go visit.

Click here for more info and to find a CSA in your area.

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