Back in February when the ground was white and not even with the wildest imagination could one fathom 95 degree temperatures, I signed up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share.
I wanted to do this for a few different reasons: 1) Support local and organic farming; 2) Force myself to try new veggies; 3) Enjoy farm-fresh produce.
Well, as usual, my summer hasn’t gone quite as planned. I spent four whole weeks out of town and many partial weeks on the road for work. Nevertheless, I am doing my best to eat all the wonderful produce that I receive every Friday afternoon from Rock Spring Farm.
I have made Beet, Kale, and Walnut Salad, Roasted Root Vegetables with Fresh Herbs (with fennel!), and interesting steamed broccoli dishes, including Broccoli with Oil and Lemon.
Also, I’ve cooked with fresh garlic for the first time in my life and included novelties like Swiss Chard in my salads.
It certainly has been an educational experience.
However, as I ponder what to do next year, I’m thinking that I’ll go with the Farmer’s Market instead. The main reason being that as hard as we tried, we just could not use all the food we received. Primarily, this is because we’re gone so much during the summer. Maybe this will change, but likely it won’t.
Now, if you are at home most of the time, like to try new things, and want to support a local farmer, I definitely recommend joining a CSA. I am certainly glad I tried it!
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