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.