Thursday, February 18, 2010

Winter CSA Season

  
Finally!  Every week is Christmas now that it's winter CSA Allotment time.

Community Supported Agriculture. We bought a share in a local organic farm's production and in return for our up-front payment, we'll get a goodly ration of fresh produce each week for the next three months.  I pick up our allotment up in town on Wednesdays, the day after they pick it in the fields.

This week we got firm spring onions, the freshest, sweetest spinach, lettuce, bok choy and broccoli.  Last week cauliflower and rainbow chard too.

Every week is different, a share of whatever is ready.  A positive cycle of life, nothing wasteful, nothing harmful. Grown by a real farmer who knows us by name and shares his recipes.

We pay a small premium and it's more than worth it.

Want to find a CSA where you live?  Click this link for a national directory of CSA farms.  It's how I found our farmer and his beautiful green food.

Words and photos by Kathleen Scott,for her blog Hill Country Mysteries. Copyright 2009-2010.

6 comments :

phd in yogurtry said...

Fortunately, I'm married to my CSA farmer :) Complete with fertilizer from our chicken coop. Spinach, parsley and cilantro fresh from the garden is so flavorful. The cilantro smells so much stronger than grocery store bought. I love a spring garden but I do miss that dark green spinach.

TexasDeb said...

Our experiment with a CSA share was such a wonderful eye opener. So many delicious delights growing around us we'd never tried before. And the glimpse inside the workings of an actual farm were so enlightening. I found the whole process just the right kick in the pants to get more serious about our own winter garden.

My lesson for next year? Plant less variety (we eat what we eat for the most part - nobody very adventurous around here unfortunately) and more quantity of what we do like.

Nicole said...

That looks so fresh and delish. I buy from the local organic farmers as much as possible.

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm! Wonderful! I am going to have to look into that one. We buy from our local farmers via the awesome veggie stand down the street - but it closes for the winter :( I miss those fresh-outta-the-ground veggies so much in this season.

Me said...

Oops! I am NOT anonymous!

Elizabeth said...

I periodically due this here and then land up with way too many carrots or heads of cabbage, etc.! I wish I could find exactly the right sort of balance and imagine a co-op with like-minded friends...