CSA Adventures: Well, How Did I Get Here?

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Facebook on a winter’s day can be a dangerous thing. A local vendor, John Crow Farm, posted a notice that their summer farm shares were going fast. Weary of tasteless winter tomatoes and cucumbers and having cooked several too many pans of roasted root vegetables, the thought of a box of local produce in my kitchen every Sunday felt like a ray of July sunshine in the bleak midwinter. We don’t have enough sun in our yard to grow produce and so each year I find myself paying too much at the local market for a lot of things I know I can get locally but am too busy/lazy to make the extra stops. So I signed up.

So, what’s the story on CSAs? John Crow Farm tells us this:

What is a CSA?
CSA stands for community supported agriculture, a system where you help John Crow Farm by making a commitment to buy its products early in the year. Your advance payment helps sustain the farm.

 And what can we expect to find in our own CSA?

What does the Veggie CSA include?
The JCF Veggie CSA contains healthy, delicious, NON-organic (ask us why), chemical and pesticide free vegetables. The V-CSA runs from June til October…20 weeks of field-fresh goodness, which may include
 Broccoli, Lettuce, Lettuce Mix, Spicy Greens Mix, Spinach, Carrots, Potatoes, Summer Squash, Tomatoes (heirloom and regular), Cucumbers, Sweet Onions, Cooking Onions, Cauliflower, Mustard Greens, Swiss Chard, Bok Choy, Chinese Cabbage, Eggplant, Kohlrabi, Sweet Peppers, Hot Peppers, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Leeks, Parsley, Basil, Scallions, Cabbage, Celery, Celeriac, Fennel, Tatsoi, Tomatillos, Beans, Arugula, Sugar Snap Peas, Shelling Peas, Beets, Edamame (soybeans), Winter Squash, and/or Turnips.

Should be interesting. Food gurus Mark Bittman and Michael Pollan both say that the only thing the health food experts can all agree on is that we need to eat more plants. Much as I hang on every word from both of these guys, I often find it hard to put their wisdom into practice – a quick scroll through the recipes here will attest to that. So, come Sunday, we will do our best to eat all the plants John Crow Farm provides for us.