I was very happy with this delivery, because it contains plenty of greens and several repeat items we're very fond of. The baby spinach in a bag is heavenly, the clementines are incredibly sweet, and the sci fi cauliflower, properly known as Romanesco cauliflower, was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Add in those mushrooms, plus some other favorites like butternut squash, chard, and kale, and I'm a very happy camper.
We've been receiving this delivery of fresh, local, organic produce for almost nine months and it's still working for us. I've begun to realize that it is a bit of a commitment to plan meals around, and to make sure none of it goes to waste, but for my husband and me it's worth it. We're eating more vegetables, and healthier meals in general. And it all tastes so much better.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. The basic idea is that by joining a CSA you're supporting the local farmers and eating local produce, which is fresher, healthier, tastier, and better for the environment. CSA brings the Farmer's Market to you.
This week we got, clockwise from the back: baby greens, bok choy, rainbow chard, Romanesco cauliflower, mustard greens or kale (not sure), celery root, butternut squash, broccoli, Bloomsdale spinach, mixed mushrooms, cilantro, clementines, radishes, sage and lavender bundle, and vanilla almonds.
Tonight we'll have mushroom risotto and a baby green salad, and I've got plans for just about everything except the bok choy. I let some go to waste a few weeks back, so I'd better look up a recipe so I'll be sure to use it. Let me know if you have any favorites.
Click here if you want to learn more about CSA and find one in your area, and here to check out our CSA in Los Angeles, Auntie Em's.
Do you shop at a Farmer's Market? I feel so lucky to be receiving such a lovely variety of fresh produce in the middle of winter. It's one of the perks of living in Southern California. But don't envy me too much: a trip to the doctor takes three hours out of the day because of the drive and the traffic.
Please leave your tips, advice, and questions in the Comments section, plus preparation ideas for anything you see in the photo.