First of all, to those of you who arrived at this post Googling for something a little more kinky, Welcome! Please read on and stay awhile. I’ll take readers however I can.
This weekend I purchased my first ever share in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). I’ve been ogling this one particular farm for several years now. For those of you that don’t know a CSA is a crop share offered by a local farmer. Depending on what type of CSA you signed up for, every week or two you get a box of the vegetables and/or fruit and/or meat that was grown or raised on their farm. The box is a cornucopia of what ever is in season that week at your farm. The money the CSA members pay for for their CSA share helps the farmer make ends meet while his crop is growing and helps to reduce transportation and selling costs. In most cases CSA member shares will be dropped off at a central location and the members go pick it up. CSA members also absorb some of the risk as there are no refunds if certain crops get eaten by a swarm of grasshoppers, you just get your share of what was not munched by the bugs. The benefit to the consumer is locally grown, fresh produce.
My CSA is all vegetables. I will be getting all kinds of veggies that I have never considered putting in my cart at the grocery store. I’m committing to eat every last piece of produce sent my way. The list of produce they expect to send me includes Bok Choy, Swiss Chard, Parsley (people eat that?), Collard Greens, various kinds of Squash, Kale, Lettuce, Turnips, Beets, Potatoes, Carrots, Italian Dandelion…. And so much more. Plus they didn’t have a box sized for a single person so I’m getting enough veggies for two adults, every week. Perhaps I will drop those stubborn few pounds.
Beets. The last time I remember being faced with beets on my plate was a mournful time as a child when my Mother placed a couple of canned, sliced beets in front of me and I had to sit there till I ate them. Sigh. I don’t remember what they tasted like but even if I might have liked them all chances of that were smashed the moment I was told I HAD to eat them. I’m probably looking forward to the beets the least. Maybe I can make a Beet Cake or Beet Bread. Hmmmm.
Even with the beets it will be an adventure! Each week when I open that box I’ll have to plan my meals using the ingredients sent to me. This will get me interested in cooking again and getting creative with healthy ingredients.
First delivery 6/11! Bring on the beets!