Singing the praises of Community Supported Agriculture & getting your vegetables direct from a farm
Posted May 14 2009 1:00am
I have been subscribing to a service that delivers fresh from a local farm, organically grown, vegetables to a delivery point a block from my house [once a week or every other week is available].
This method of procuring your vegetables (and some fruit) is called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) because you pay a lump sum directly to the farm ahead of the season for your guaranteed weekly box of amazing vegetables, many of which you've never seen before, delivered to a place close to your home.
You don't get to choose what vegetables are in your box so you are obliged, if you don't want to waste your money, to learn how to cook plants such as orach, agretti, smallage and dandelions greens! Fortunately your CSA usually provides you with a weekly newsletter containing easy recipes for preparing the vegetables they are sending you that week.
So I have been learning new recipes and cooking vegetables I've never tried before and some that I've hated since my English boarding school days --who would have thought I could ever eat FAVA BEANS (or BROAD beans as they are called in England) and find them pleasant and tastey.