My family and I just signed up for our first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box. For a reasonable fee, we will receive a fresh box of fruits and vegetables from our local farm, delivered to our doorstep, every week. Not only is it a convenient way to get our farm fresh produce, but also supports local agriculture by buying directly from the farm. And it’s financially viable too. It works out to be less expensive than buying the same quantity of fruits and vegetables at a conventional grocery store and you buy the peace of mind that what you’re eating is local, fresh, seasonal and organic. You are guaranteed to get the freshest, items available -- whatever they have in season that week is what's going in the box. A quick search online will help you find the nearest CSA provider in your area.
I'm a farmer's market junkie, a produce fanatic, locavore-vegan and a new mom, so naturally a CSA box fits my family’s lifestyle. But the most exciting thing about the box is the weekly surprise of what's going to arrive. Think of it as your own version of The Food Network’s “Chopped” at your doorstep every week. Sure it's easy to go to the grocery store with a list of stuff; kale, broccoli, carrots, but to get a surprise every week, well that keeps me on my toes.
As soon as I receive my first box, I’ll let you know what I get, as well as what I made from it, happily sharing my recipes with you. In the meantime, I’d like to leave you with my favorite snack:
1 head Black Kale
2 Tbsp. Olive or Safflower Oil
1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
Sprinkling of course Sea Salt
Sprinkling of Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Roughly chop kale and toss with oil, vinegar, salt and pepper flakes, taking care to coat each leaf. Spread evenly on a baking sheet and roast for 12 minutes. Kale will be wilted and crunchy and absolutely delicious!
This post originally posted on www.greenwala.com on 1/27/11