Joining the CSA
We recently joined our local CSA, which means each week we get to pick up a box of locally grown, organic veggies. It’s been quite the experience. Here are my thoughts thus far:
!. When you buy into a CSA, you’re really buying into the philosophy behind the thing, because it’s not that practical. At least, not for a family of seven. This would be great for a couple or a much smaller family. We just go through so much food around here, so beyond this box, I am still buying loads of fresh fruits and veggies at the store. (And oh, how I miss my own lovely garden!)
2. With the exception of carrots and kale, they don’t give you much of one thing to work with. I cooked up the bunch of beets last night, and ended up with literally a handful of roasted beets and a small bowl of beet greens. And what does one do with one parsnip?
3. That said, it is fun to experiment with some of those sidelined vegetables, the ones that don’t get much playing time in the cookbook of life. I made a bok choy stir fry that was a surprise hit, and found that kale can be added to a great many things (spaghetti!) without interrupting the overall theme.
4. The biggest bonus is the enthusiasm of the kids in picking up the weekly box. It is an event. And, as you can see, the added luxury is that Preston’s plastic horse finally has a good place to rest its head, under the awning of this very expensive, unidentified vegetable. Ahh, the benefits of going local.