A few years ago Irving and I subscribed to our local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm box. We received boxes of goodies every other week, and were regularly challenged to come up with recipes for produce items that we had never heard of. It was a lot of fun, and I always felt a little like a kid on Christmas morning when I would open our box.
It is such an easy service—each week we would get an email reminding us of our box, and listing the contents. If there was something we didn’t want, we could swap for several other different choices. They also include recipes for different dishes that feature some of the ingredients in the box. Our favorite rice recipe came from them!
Just before David was born we decided to put our farm box orders on hold, as I was not cooking a whole lot and we were struggling to keep up with our box, and we knew that in a matter of weeks I would be cooking even less and relying on my mom for some yummy dinners for a while. We had sort of forgotten about these boxes and had been relying on our grocery store for our produce, but really wanted to be better about buying local produce. As if they could read my mind, I got an email from Full Circle Farm offering a discount for our first box if we re-subscribed. That was the little nudge we needed, and we received our first box this morning!
I had a lot of fun letting David open the box and see all of the produce inside! He was really excited, and kept digging in the box, looking for something new to show me. He’ll be snacking on some of the yummy fruit we received this afternoon, and will enjoy a few other items in our dinner tonight!
Do you have a CSA near you? Try a subscription and see how you like it!