Sunday, July 5, 2009

What's in my box? Weekly CSA update, veggies galore

A CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and before the growing season starts you purchase a share of the farm, then when veggies start popping up, you get a box every week. The box we get from our csa is more than enough for the 2 of us and our 2 dogs, and I bet would be fine for even a family of 4! My csa is with Old Path Farm, an organic farm in my area. Our boxes started the first Monday in June, but of course I didnt have the brilliant idea to document them until last week! The first box also came with 2 organic tomato plants, which are growing like weeds! So now that you are familiar with what a csa is, lets get down to the goodies! What is in my box this week?

Thyme Plant, smells great

Lovage, which I had never heard of before, but I guess it makes a great salt substitute...so we shall see. It has a very interesting flavor, and I really like it, I cant wait to use it in a raw recipe of yummmy ness!

Radishes, beats (Penney's second favorite to get in her food, she also likes sweet peas!), scapes (kind of like an onion and garlic had a baby, it would be called a scape), zucchini, snap peas (which barely made it in the photo, I love them so they were mostly demolished by this time, lots of parsley (we are making tabouleh today!), arugala, red leaf lettuce (my fav. lettuce)

Interested in getting a CSA in your area, go to google and google your town with CSA next to it and see what comes up. It might be too late for this year, but you can get on next years waiting list early. Our first year with Old Path Farm, we were late signing up so they let us get a half share for $200 and we started halfway through the season! Good luck, and eat your veggies!

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melissa bastian. said...

Very cool info. I've thought about this many times, but with just the two of us I don't know how we'd eat all those vegetables! With any larger size family or anyone who's not so lazy about cooking, though, I can see how it would definitely be the way to go. Fresh vegetables, local agriculture - yes!