October 19, 2009

It's CSA Day, hooray!

My husband and I have been receiving this bi-weekly delivery of gorgeous organic produce for almost six months, and the excitement hasn't worn off. And since part of the whole idea is that you're eating seasonally, it's fun to see what you're going to get as the seasons change.

For those of you new to the idea, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It's a way to eat fresh, organic, local produce year-round, while supporting the local farmers. For us, it's also a convenience because it's delivered to our front door, and that's a lot easier than going to the Farmer's Market. If you like to go to the Farmer's Market and make your own choices, that's great. For me, I like the convenience of delivery and our CSA gives recipes and serving ideas on their website. Plus we're eating a greater variety, because left on my own, I tend to buy the same produce all the time.

This week we got (roughly clockwise from the back): acorn squash, butternut squash, purple potatoes, green beans, pomegranates, heirloom tomatoes, pluots, grapes, grape tomatoes, dried cranberries, black kale, red onion, music garlic, celery root, and leeks. Also, when I put away this haul, a small bunch of sage fell out from somewhere, I don't see it in the photo. It smells wonderful.

I'm definitely going to make squash soup from a friend's recipe that is fabulous. I'm jazzed about the pomegranates, and super happy about the purple potatoes and black kale. I don't have any clue what to do with that celery root, so if you have any ideas let me know in a Comment. And if you like to look at photos of fresh produce, click here to check out previous deliveries.

Are you a member of a CSA? Do you go to the Farmer's Market? The best thing about eating local and seasonal is that is tastes so much more delicious. Please share your thoughts, questions, and recipe ideas in the Comments section.


Non Consumer Girl said...

Those grapes are almost the same size as the little tomatoes!

Canadian Saver said...

Pomegranates are awesome, enjoy!!

Lisa said...

I'm a new reader and wanted to share what I got in my CSA box today:
1 head cabbage
1 bag of green beans
1 HUGE head of leaf lettuce
1 plastic box of baby mixed lettuce
4 fuji apples
3 potatoes
1 bunch of cilantro
1 bunch of spinach
1 bunch of carrots
1 HUGE head of romaine
4 pears


Angela said...

Non Consumer Girl- They both taste delicious!

Canadian Saver- I know, I am so happy about the pomegranates, I love them!

Lisa- Welcome! Thanks for sharing your CSA box- I'm looking forward to pears and apples- we're still in "late summer" mode here in California.

Thanks for your comments!

Julie said...

My son (8) wants to move to California so he can live by LegoLand. I'm looking at all the gorgeous stuff you have in your CSA basket this late in the year, and I'm thinking he might be on to something! (Home prices are lower now, right? :-) Up here in Seattle, we'd just have parsnips, carrots, apples and pears at this time of year! We had to cancel our CSA a few years back because with the picky little one, we couldn't even finish the smallest basket. So now I go to our local co-op, PCC, and buy as many local produce items as I can, in amounts we'll actually eat. But I do make exceptions for California grapes, love those!

Anonymous said...

this may be too late, but I just started reading some blogs and stumbled upon yours. I recently saw on Oprah, a celery root soup! It was from a vegan cook and it looked delicious. At least the next time you get celery root, you might want to check it ou!

Angela said...

Julie- The local co-op sounds like a great option. You have to make sure you're getting stuff your boy will eat, so he learns to love vegetables. Thanks for commenting!

anonymous- It is NOT too late- thank you, thank you! I still have that celery root, so I'll look for that soup to make this week. Thanks for commenting!