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CSA starts tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Ok, I am jumping the gun here, so I can't include pictures yet. I guess I will have another blog about this tomorrow or Friday with pictures. But I am so excited, I can't wait!

In case you haven't been in one, a CSA is 'Community Supported Agriculture'. The idea is that you partner with local farm(s), so that you get the best in LOCAL produce. This is a great idea because you get the freshest 'farm to table' produce. It is good for the environment, as the food does not get shipped from far away. And it is good for the farmers, because generally you have some 'buy in' (payment up front) for a 'share' or portion of the final yield. They get some influx of cash. Some also require or allow part of the work (sowing, weeding, harvesting, etc). The one I am in does not.

I got notification today though about what will be in my box tomorrow:

Lettuce
Arugula
Watercress
Basil
Strawberries emoticon
Radishes
Kale
Green Onions

Yes, the first boxes feature much greens such as lettuce, as that is what comes on early. But I am super excited about the strawberries. Later boxes will include 'heavier' items like corn, beans, beets, tomatoes, melons, squash, etc.

So many of these are great items that fit into my new SparkLife. Sometimes it is a challenge to figure out how to use a new vegetable, and how to fit it into my plans, but it is a good kind of challenge. And sometimes I end up with way too much of something -- but most things (not lettuce) can be frozen for winter.

Also they sent a recipe, that uses a few of these items, and it sounds good too, so I will repost it here:

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Watercress & Arugula Salad with Dates & Almonds
(Serves 4)

1 Tbsp plus 2 tsp sherry vinegar
2 tsp Pure Honey
1 tsp Dijon Mustard
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 tsp Grapeseed Oil or canola oil
4 medium dried Medjool dates, pitted and cut into small dice
4 cups watercress, washed
4 cups arugula, washed
Salt and black pepper to taste
1/3 cup roasted, salted almonds, chopped
1/2 cup blue or goat cheese, crumbled

Place vinegar, honey, mustard, and a pinch each of salt and pepper in a small, nonreactive bowl and whisk to combine. Slowly drizzle in oil, whisking continuously until completely incorporated. Season with additional salt and pepper as needed.

Place dates in a small bowl and add just enough dressing to coat, about 1 to 2 tablespoons. Using your hands, separate the pieces and evenly coat with dressing; set aside.

Place watercress and arugula in a large bowl and toss to combine. Drizzle in the remaining dressing and gently toss to evenly coat the leaves. Taste, season with salt and pepper as needed, and toss to combine.

Divide greens among four plates. Top each salad with some of the dates, cheese, and almonds.
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I'm considering swapping out the dates with strawberries instead.


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JOYCRN 6/9/2013 6:48AM

    Yum, yum! Sounds delicious! I should be picking from my garden next week. So far just radishes but spinach and mesclun will be ready next week with baby beets and greens, Swiss chard and peas not far behind. CSA s are wonderful for folks who don' t garden themselves, some are better than others or provide more variety. Your's is off to a good start and it is wonderful that they provided a recipe suggestion too (I did not know that radish tops were something to be eaten?) emoticon

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KAB7801 6/6/2013 7:52PM

    Sounds good

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FUZZIEBEAR3 6/5/2013 4:47PM

    Here is a useful site that you can use to find a CSA near you, and also to read more about the CSA concept.

http://www.localhar
vest.org/csa/



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SNOWYOGA 6/5/2013 4:30PM

    Wow I have heard of this (Sorry on a t.v. show emoticon ) But it does sound cool. I wish there was one around here. How can you find if there is any in your area. Thanks for sharing and it's nice that your excited about working and getting emoticon fruits and veggies and getting them at a deal! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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