Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs seem to be everywhere nowadays as more and more people show an interest in local foods. We always liked the idea of trying to be more local in what we ate, and it occurred to me that here was a way to get out of the rut! There’s no choosing what you get from most CSAs, so we’d be getting a variety of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables every week with no choice but to figure out how to use them up. By joining a CSA, we would be supporting local agriculture while giving ourselves an opportunity to get out of our rut, get into the kitchen and get creative.
To take advantage of an opportunity, you have to seize the day.
Me? I’d rather Seize the Fork.
What to ExpectEvery week, I will post the details of that week's produce along with a value comparison of what the same items would have cost at my local supermarket. I’m doing this to gauge whether joining the CSA was worth it financially after the 30 weeks. I expect that the supermarket will be less expensive, and I am more than willing to pay a premium to know that everything is freshly picked and local, but I’d rather not end up with produce worth only half of what I paid.
The rest of the posts will be recipes in which I use the produce I get every week. I won't be inundating you with every side salad I make, but just focus on the more interesting dishes that I put together. As I am not yet experienced enough in cooking to just wing it every night, most recipes will be sourced from elsewhere and then used as is, or (more often) changed slightly to fit my specific tastes or the ingredients that are on hand. Either way I will always endeavor to give proper credit to the source of my inspiration. Recipes with no source linked, will be my own creation. All photographs are original works taken by myself.