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Thursday, July 18, 2013


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 emoticon I love it!!! emoticon 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 emoticon Munch On Sparkies emoticon

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  • CHEROKEE1946
    Everything looks so inviting. Can't wait to see what August brings.
    1655 days ago
    Yum-Yum! I absolutely love yellow-melted watermelon. We used to have them all summer long when we lived in New Mexico. They're sooooo much sweeter than the red ones...or at least ours were. Looks like you're going to have to get busy my friend...Chop Chop! lol. Enjoy!!
    1668 days ago
    emoticon What a fun way of celebrating your emoticon ! And it is a wonderful way to try some new freggies! And when you open the box it is sort of like Christmas in July!

    1676 days ago
    Sounds like a lot of fun, Linda. I would have to stick with the once a month order, as it takes us a while to use so many things (just the 2 of us). All very pretty and interesting. CSAs are just getting started around here, as most people still have their own gardens and are pretty traditional in what they buy. Thanks so much for sharing and letting us see what came in your great delivery!! Love, Jeannie
    PS: I do have to ask...what is a "Jack Fruit?"

    Sorry...can't get my emoticons to work and if ever there was a more fitting time, I don't know what it would be!! LOL!!
    1678 days ago
    what a wonderful idea . I wish we could do that around here . If they had it here I would go for it . love fresh vegetables . we used to have a milkman but they stopped home delivery of milk and its products . shame it was nice to not have to worry about milk and other things he brought .
    1678 days ago
    What a great deal! Love fresh fruit and veg ,very healthy!!
    1680 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Sounds like a Great Deal. The Fruit and Vegetables looks very good. I hope You like everything you got in the box. The Watermelon looks Yummy. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Beautiful Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1680 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/19/2013 1:51:01 AM
    That sounds lovely. Thanks for sharing it and letting us actually SEE what you got as well.
    1680 days ago
  • FRANCO1230
    Wow...looks SO yummy and that is TOTALLY affordable for all that you get!!! Happy eating! Going to have to look into this myself...been thinking about it for awhile, and you just gave me another reminder :)
    1680 days ago
    What a great idea. It is wonderful to get to try some things you wouldn't think of buying. Enjoy.
    1680 days ago
    Very interesting! I've never seen anything like this. I'll have to look. My first husband was one fabulous gardener and that is something I've missed ever since we split. You just can't beat frest, home-grown produce.

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    1680 days ago
    Wow what a great idea. We don't have milkmen here.
    I am sharing vegis with a friend.
    1680 days ago
  • JILL313
    Great idea Linda & sounds very exciting to see what's in the Healthy Freggie box fresh from the farm. I've never heard of anyone else ordering freggies this way?? How did you get the idea? I take it each box is what the Farm decides to send you to try out? OMG LInda are you for real, you honestly still have a Milkman--LOL! I assume your "pulling our leg" about that. Is this Farm in Southern CA? Happy Healthy Eating!! Your pictures of all the Freggies are so pretty and tempting.. Happy online shopping and I'm with you 100% as I'd much rather order food and lots of things online as I'm not much of a in person Shopper Lover anymore. Have a Fabulous Weekend. Have fun in your pool.

    Hugs & Love,

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    1680 days ago
    This looks SO yummy!
    1680 days ago
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