(Red potatoes, green onions, scapes and herbs – all from my weekly CSA share and made a great side dish for dinner. Just toss in a pan with some olive oil and lightly stir fry).
Are you familiar with CSA's in your area? I first heard about CSA's last year from several of my (hip, East Nashvillian) co-workers. So my friend Sheri and I signed up this season and split a family share. She picks up the share for us over the weekend and brings my half to work on Monday's.
If you're not familiar with a CSA, here is LocalHarvest's definition:
Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a
popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.
Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the
public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm
products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a
"membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of
seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
I had always wanted a garden when we moved to our new house. But between all my dozens of activities and things going on, it likely would have been an eyesore and big source of grief for my husband. So for me, a CSA is the next best thing! It's really exciting to see what will be in your box each week and forces you to get creative with your meals. You never know what you're going to get and sometimes it even includes something you wouldn't normally buy at the store. I'm especially excited that Colin is very close to solids and I have already made my first batch of green beans baby food using the ones I got in my CSA share last week. (More on baby food making in another post)…
I swear the food just tastes more fresh and tastier than what you'd find in stores…because you know it was grown locally and where it came from! Besides subscribing to the CSA for our weekly vegetables (I still get fruit such as bananas and apples on my weekly grocery store trip), I like to buy only free-range, organic eggs and organic milk (the Happy Cow label as I like to call it). While there are plenty of things I do that aren't the healthiest, I think all of these little healthy changes add up to something good for our family in the end.
We use Avalon Acres for our CSA, who do you use or have you ever thought about subscribing? What sort of healthy choices have you made for your family?