Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hoo-ray For CSA!

I picked up our first CSA share today!! If you are not familiar, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture---they have been around for years and are increasing in popularity.  The basic idea: the public is offered the opportunity to buy a "share" in a local farm.  The money is paid up front so the farmers can put the money back into the farm, and when the summer season starts, the farmers bring their delicious locally grown seasonal products to a pick-up location where those who purchased a share can come to claim their veggie loot!  Our local CSA gives a choice of a vegetable, fruit, flower and/or an egg share.  We opted for just the veggie and eggs for our first year.

While many CSAs put together a standard box of produce for each person ahead of time, ours does give a certain degree of flexibility and uses a "market style". So, for example, today I could pick 2 greens out of 4 types that were offered.  I chose the chard and something called "vitamin green" (it looks a little like bok choy).  We also had a choice between arugala and purple mizuna...I got the mizuna because I don't think I have ever had it before.  Rounding out our haul was green lettuce, red lettuce, scallions, radishes and potted herbs (oregano and thyme).

The chard was beautiful!


And so was everything else.


We made quick work at the cutting board....



...and made this orecchiette pasta with the chard, scallions, garlic, thyme and chick peas (and cheese, seen going in during the "action shot").


CSA, week one.  So far so good.  Still many other veggies left to eat this week!

9 comments:

Kate said...

MMMMmmmmm your action shot looks great!

Hurray for local fresh veggies!

photoknitdog said...

Pasta looks yummy!

I love the CSA idea but I like to pick out what I like. I'm glad that you can do it with yours! I usually go to Farmer's Markets and we're thinking of joining the Park Slope Food Coop as they are nearby.

The Knitwit Knitter said...

Your photos are great! I wish there was a CSA here. Sounds like a wonderful way to support farmers and get super fresh yummies!!

Emily said...

Hi there! It's so nice to meet you! I love the idea of the CSA and have always wanted to participate in one. Does it go year-round or just for the big growing season? Is that a stupid question?

gibknitty said...

Hi Emily,
No, not a stupid question. This CSA lasts from June-November with the produce changing as the farmers harvest different crops over that time. This website seems to have information on different CSAs around the country. Maybe there is one near you. http://www.localharvest.org/

VeganCraftastic said...

We thought about getting a csa share, but it cost way more than we usually spend for veggies, so we go the farmers market instead :)

Virginia said...

Love the CSA! Ours in the Bronx wasn't all that great, but I'm looking forward to moving to a community with a better one.

Roxanne said...

I love that you have a CSA share! We've had them in the last 2 places we've lived and adore them. We're considering one here, but with the six farmer's markets available, I don't know that I'll need it! That dish looks delish.

napangel said...

Enjoy that CSA share! I could kick myself. I wanted to get one this year, but my procrastinator self missed the boat. This serves as a good reminder to set up a calendar reminder for next year!