in veggies that is!
i’m excited because today i officially signed up for a CSA (community supported agriculture).
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way to create a direct connection between people who like to eat fresh, local produce and the farm that grows it. The CSA model is an economically viable way for small scale farmers to produce a wide variety of high quality vegetables in an earth-friendly way. CSA fosters responsible relationships between the grower, the consumer, the food, and the land on which the food is grown.
you pay the farm up front for your share, then each week the farm fills a box with fruits and veggies of their choosing, and we pick up our box at a location in portland.
our family is going to share a “harvest share” with my friend at work and her family. there are so many farms to choose from in the portland area!! we decided on one whose program goes for 26 weeks, and offers vegetables and fruit.
go here and scroll down for a sample of what a season looks like.
we love the farmers market, but i’m even more excited about having a “share” of a farm b/c we will get a variety of fruits and vegetables each week. i know this means we will constantly be trying new things, eating organic, and supporting a local farm. of course we will still go to the farmers market for extra fruits/veggies, meat, and eggs.
although the veggies won’t start rolling in until june, NOW is the time to sign up for your share, as many places sell out quick… so if you’re interested, i would highly recommend looking into the CSA offerings in your neck of the woods!
all this food TALK… how bout some photos!?!?
i finally restocked on spinach, and all the green monster talk at caitlin’s “house” left me with a serious craving!! so as soon as i got home from the gym this morning, i went to work!
secret green monster on the left (with cocoa powder so the teen doesn’t know he’s getting spinach)
green monster w/ chocolate protein powder for anne in the middle
and my “sludge” on the right (1 c. unsweetened almond milk, 2 c. spinach, lots of frozen cherries, ice) YUM
while i was swirling around the kitchen, i also managed to pack my lunch, which was actually last night’s leftovers:
salad = more spinach, roasted red pepper, baby carrots, mushrooms, feta, and deliciousness
entree = brown rice cooked in light coconut milk and extra firm tofu “planks” that had been marinated in tj’s “island soyaki” and thrown into a saute situation
i wasn’t full, so a couple hours later i inhaled (thus, there is no photo) a fuji apple and small dollop of PB
while i nursed a headache this evening, anne was kind enough to make a pretty scrumptious dinner and even played photographer!!
tj’s cucumber potsticker things anne wanted to try…. FAIL! they were just… weird!
roasted brussells and asparagus that were so good (we are fans of the skinny asparagus up in here)
boca burger with mozz, roasted red pepper, spinach, and avocado on a sandwich thin.
and that’s that…
but before you go…
given that my foggy/achey head is not getting any better… i think i’ll take a page from this dude’s book…
and pass out!
i’m just so excited about owning a “share” of a local farm… is this something you have done? or would do?
i’m a little nervous about getting veggies that i don’t know what to do with, but i’m guessing in the internet age, i’ll be able to find plenty of recipes for everything they throw at me…???