Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Fresh from the garden to my front door! My 1st CSA Share!

Yesterday my first produce box arrived at my door!  It is a bit small, but my farmer assures me that it will get bigger as produce grows.  So I have lettuce, Kale, cilantro, rhubarb, and some green onions!  Yummy!  

How my CSA works
I give my farmer a set fee prior to the start of the season.  This cover the costs of the farm operation. 
There are risks due to weather and other factors out of the control of my farmer, which are are shared by everyone in the CSA community.

Why I like my CSA
I love that I support my local farmer and the personal contact with that our farmer provides us with the opportunity to ask questions about the practices the farmer uses and to visit the farm to see how it all works!
I get fresh organic produce every week delivered to my door!  
The quality of locally organically grown fresh produce.  Yummy!
The cost(if it is a good year) is way cheaper then buying from the grocery store! 

Local Food Makes Sense!
Exceptional taste and freshness - Local food is fresher and tastes better than food picked before ripening that has been shipped thousands of miles.
It strengthens your local economy - Buying local food keeps your dollars circulating in your community.
Health benefits for the entire family - No lost nutrients compared to grocery store bought foods. 
Protects the environment - Local food doesn't travel far, reducing carbon dioxide emissions from transportation lines and packing crates.Organic methods benefit the soil, air, water, wildlife and people in the farm ecosystem

Now, what to make?  Does anyone have any good rhubarb recipes?


Nicole said...

Very cool! I have debated joining one of these groups! If you think it is worth it, I just might give it a try!

Lynda with a Y said...

It's like a grab bag that forces you to be a creative cook who's using the freshest ingredients. Don't be afraid to share your meal ideas. I don't know what to do with rhubarb, except in a pie w/strawberries.

Becka said...

I just joined a CSA too! Last week, I got some fresh dill (they threw it in for free) and I put it loose in the drawer (of my garage fridge) and my zucchini & squash took on the dill taste! Oops!

I also got more green onions, and even though I like them, I'm a little short on recipes. Any suggestions?

Let's all try to help each other come up with creative ways to use our fresh produce items so they don't go bad!

Angie said...

So I did make a simple rhubarb sauce and jarred it for pancakes and dessert topping!
As for onions..I throw them on everything I eat! Salads, soups, eggs, dips, if I had more I would make yummy onion rolls....mmmm!

jillconyers said...

Hi from a new follower on GFC, FB and NB :)

For your previous post. I don't think I've ever eaten a rhubarb. I love the idea of produce delivery. I could definitely use the basil, green onions and kale. Love kale chips!

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BeaderBubbe said...

New follower here...want to get healthy...just lost 45 lbs and on my way....going vegetarian also...making life changes for a better me.....rhubarb? never even ate it...will definitely look into it....have a great weekend.

Bizzy B. Bakes said...

Thank you for explaining this. I keep seeing CSA but had no idea what it is.