Besides warm weather, outdoor fun, and quality time at the grill, the summer season brings something else exciting: the start of our CSA. CSA's, or Community Supported Agriculture, have been around for a couple decades, but they're gaining popularity nationwide not only because of the growing demand for fresh organic produce, but also due to their cost-effectiveness. Now more than ever these "shares" bought in a local farm provide people with access to unsurpassed fresh produce--it's basically taken from the fields and placed right in your hands! This is the first year a CSA is available in my neighborhood, and I'm splitting a full share, which is great for a family or two couples (half shares are also available). Our initial pick-up consisted mainly of lush, leafy greens (spinach, lettuce, and mustard greens), and a bunch of vibrant radishes. There was even a big bushel of cilantro thrown into the mix. The lot of vegetables will vary each week, but what better way to eat healthily this summer than to make large, crunchy salads filled with different kinds of veggies? Because CSA's are ever-growing in abundance and demand, try finding one near you! I'll be back with updates about our weekly loot--it's basically a healthful grab bag that's perfect for trying out new recipes.
Do any of you belong to a CSA, and if so, what kinds of produce are a part of your lot?