We got our first CSA box of all farm fresh produce & fruits using organic farming methods from our local Tanaka Farm delivered right to our front door Monday morning at 4am by our milkman. It was HEAVY and soooooo much fun to go through.
It had a huge bunch of carrots, a bouquet of curly purple kale, 4 small eggplants, 1 lb green beans, the biggest white onion I have ever seen, it made me laugh.
An intoxicating bunch of basil, 5 large tomatoes, baby bok choy, 5 yellow zucs, 4 oranges, 2 Taiwanese curly cucumbers, each about two feet long, and a small yellow watermelon… Cost $43.00.
Not all perfect like you’d see in a high end market or exactly what I might choose to buy but that’s why I decided to give it a try.
Granted we have lots of stores and farm stands to buy from locally. We have a garden of our own and a family who shares and shares alike…. and if gas wasn’t so high I’d shop fresh a couple times a week but frankly I hate to shop…. for anything!! So this new experience is very exciting…. keep in mind that the box was delivered right to our door!!!! Can you believe it!!!!! Weeeeeeeeeeeee… I’ve thought about doing this for some time and decided it was an excellent gift to give myself for my 3rd SparkVersary =]
We rarely eat out, I love to cook and not only do we eat a ton of freggies year round (lucky us living in Southern California) but we have 13 desert tortoises, who don’t hibernate from Easter to Thanksgiving, so we have little if no waste when it comes to produce.
I love vegetables and exotic fruits, hubby not so much. I’ve become more and more interested in trying freggies I don’t normally buy or grow. You should see me at the store standing in front of the eggplant staring at some the size of a football and thinking DH would run screaming like a little girl if I brought home one of these. Or wondering if that Jack Fruit, for $5.99 a pound, would be worth it? This way when the box comes we get what we get and so far the sizes are closer to baby then full grown, except for that onion, which always costs more around here. Some of the yellow zucs still had their flowers attached and now I can try a curly cucumber that I would never have bought.
Granted we have a bumper crop of tomatoes this summer and the 5 we got in the box are very ripe so they and some of that fresh basil will be soup tonight. On the other hand how often do you see yellow watermelon???
I have initially set up one delivery a month but can go online any time and up my order. I know that mid August will bring a totally different selection of produce and honestly I’m already excited to see what nature will provide for us… sort of like the show “Chopped”... a mystery basket just waiting to be opened. ***SURPRISE*** Poor hubby
I love it!!!
If you haven't tried a “Community Supported Agriculture” box don't wait... you won't be sorry. I doubt I would have if not for SparkPeople
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