I’m really excited for tomorrow. Yes, it means we’re that much closer to the weekend, but what I’m excited for is something new to me, and something that’s been a long time coming.
It’s my first CSA pickup!
It’s true, this summer will be the first time I’ve participated in a CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture (localharvest.org has a good rundown of the pros and cons in CSA participation). Basically, a CSA allows you to “subscribe” to a farm’s wares. Every week in the spring, summer, and fall, you pick up a bountiful box filled with all the produce you’ll likely need in a week’s time. It’s a great way to expand your kitchen repertoire, eat good, clean, and fair, and support a local farm.
Not only is this my first CSA, but the partnership I’m forming with the farm that grows my future veggies is invaluable.
I first noticed Three Rivers Community Farm (Elsah, Illinois) at the Schlafly Farmer’s Market, then heard Amy Cloud speak at SLOWednesday’s, a free event provided by Slow Food and Schlafly Bottleworks that highlights local farms and farmers.
So can you imagine how excited I was when Amy emailed me asking for help with CSA recipes?!
This partnership is a dream come true for me. I’ll receive a weekly CSA from tomorrow through mid-November 2012 and in exchange, will create 1-2 recipes a week using the CSA items.
What great timing – I finally feel comfortable enough in the kitchen to experiment with a few weekly surprises, and a farm like Three Rivers that uses chemical-free, sustainable farming methods certainly fits in with the mission of Every Little Thing!
I also plan to help out at the farm at least once or twice this summer, as a way of saying thanks for the beautiful vegetables that Amy, her husband Segue, and their son Diego work so hard to produce.
I will be posting the recipes using Three Rivers’ CSA here on the blog, and Amy will also email them out to CSA subscribers, to help all those busy families trying to eat right and support Three Rivers.
(all the above photos belong to Three Rivers Community Farm)
Also, now that we’re definitely into market season, I’ll be posting a short market report each week, to let you know what you might expect before you go. Look for this logo to help guide you through all that good food!
I’ll be sure to report what I get in my first CSA box tomorrow. Amy has already told us to expect a bounty of greens for the first few weeks – kale, salad mix, lettuce, bok choy, spinach… I’ve already been researching some fun ways to cook the leafy stuff and even found a recipe for beer-braised greens that could get the most green-hating member of your household to try them.
Can’t wait to show you!
Question: Have you ever subscribed to a CSA? What do you think would be the most challenging aspect for you?