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Sunday on the Farm

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Today, my husband and I went to the open house for our CSA!

CSA is community supported agriculture. Basically, we pay to support a local farm and in exchange we get an awesome bounty of fruits and vegetables once a week. It is not expensive -- maybe $30 for all we need for the week. And the quality of the produce is much better than what we find in even our local, organic markets.

So, we drove out to the country to see where our food comes from. We got to meet the baby chicks who will later lay our eggs!

It was a lovely afternoon. We also got to stop at the outlets on the way back and I picked up a dress for work at Banana Republic (size 12). This was awesome because I've been getting a lot of cute new outfits for the weekends but my work clothes are all frumpy and two sizes too big. Actually to this point, I got a cute dress at Forever 21 yesterday, too (L). There was definitely a period where I could not fit their clothes so that's an NSV for sure!

Then I came home and decided to do some baking. I've been watching carbs and sugar pretty closely, trying to eat under 100 g's of carbs a day. But I found a recipe online for banana bread. It could be prepared completely "clean" but I added some chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of agave syrup. Instead of flour it uses almond meal. This ups the fat but drastically reduces the carbs. I was surprised at how similar the texture is to a banana bread made with flour!

The only downer from today is that TOM has descended. I feel I'm handling it pretty well so far, although the desire for chocolate and baked goods can probably easily be traced back to it. I have an apple-stuffed chicken roasting in the oven with sweet potatoes and my husband is making veggies so all is not lost. I'm prepping for a great start to April tomorrow. How 'bout you?



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KEELIE21 4/2/2013 10:59AM

    This post makes me long for summer so badly! Here in WNY it is snowing today. Once the good weather arrives though there is wonderful farmers market near by. Local fresh produce can't be beat!

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MIRMIUM 4/1/2013 12:00PM

    Good for you! The deal with the farm sounds great :)

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JMEPAYNE 4/1/2013 11:09AM

    aren't CSAs awesome?!? I love ours... a wonderful bounty of the tastiest freggies!!!

please pass on the recipe if it is a hit!

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SUSANNA37 4/1/2013 10:42AM

    Love our CSA! Sounds like you've got good things in store. Keep up the good work!

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PATTISTAMPS 4/1/2013 10:02AM

    New clothes are so nice! And the farm visit sounds pretty cool. I grew up eating fresh all summer - and what my Mom canned all winter. Sadly, I do not have a green thumb, and hate digging in the dirt! But would absolutely support a farm like this. will be looking for one, thanks!

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BEECHNUT13 3/31/2013 10:30PM

    I can't wait till food is back in season... ;) I miss fresh, local produce. I only get it a couple months per year.

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BIGPAWSUP 3/31/2013 10:14PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day. Glad you have a way to get such bountiful produce. That is awesome. Congrats!

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