Thursday, December 04, 2008
'Tis the season to have an abundance of fruits and vegetables when you belong to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). For the past two weeks we've had a box of goodness dropped on our front porch, delivered via Organics To You. Opening the box and discovering what's inside is kinda like Christmas.
So why do CSA? It's a great motivator to base our meals around fresh produce rather than starches or meats. The pressure of consuming all of these vegetables and fruits is a good one. It also means stretching my comfort zone and familiarity: it's not until I first started doing a CSA 3 years ago that I learned how to cook greens like kale. And this week's box had a strange looking vegetable I discovered was celeriac. (I can't wait to photograph it for you: expect a future post about it.) And the price is pretty darn good. These are all organic, and most are local. Buying direct means our dollars go back to the local farmers, and keeping our money in the local market is an important thing to do right now while the economy is so whacked. Supporting local farms is important to us and how we live in the world. Speaking of local farms, if you haven't seen The Real Dirt on Farmer John yet, do. It's out on DVD and is one of my favorite movies of the year. Oh, and a final reason to do CSA? It's delivered to our door. How easy is that?!
So our CSA box two weeks back included a head of gorgeous cabbage. That's it up there at the top of this post. Isn't it beautiful? And you know what? It has fed us for numerous meals. I'm all about that cabbage. It keeps easily, it's flexible, and it's good for you. So far we've used it in salads along with lettuce—it gives it more structure and heft, in an asian stirfry with broccoli, bok choi, bell pepper and chicken, and in a big pot with potatoes and turkey sausage (with coriander). And we still have some left! I am a fan of the cabbage. If you are too, leave me a comment with your favorite ways to eat cabbage. I have a feeling there's a lot of cabbage in my future.
Next up? Celeriac. I have no idea how to pronounce it but I'm going to figure out how to eat it.