If you’ve been following my tweets, you may have noticed my veggie-focused tweets this past week. Yes, I, the extremely veggie averse, have joined a CSA! A CSA, or “Community Supported Agriculture,” gives city dwellers like myself access to fresh, organic produce at a lower price than offered at my local supermarket. The CSA I joined, Fulton Market CSA, partners with Norwich Meadows Farm, a few hours away from NYC. Members pay up-front a few months before the growing season, and the farm uses those funds to purchase seeds and supplies. In return, we get 22 weeks of fresh produce. One of my favorite things thus far is the element of surprise; you never know what you’ll get each week!
Last week was my first pick-up:
Each vegetable was categorized into separate green bins, with each share’s amount (i.e. 3 beets or 1 lb of greens).
There was also an exchange box – if there’s any veggie you don’t like, you can put it in the exchange box and remove a different veg from the box:
The veggies available in Week 1:
One of my favorite things was digging through the veggies to find the perfect beets or radishes. I’m going to have to learn what makes a “good/ripe” veggie vs. another. Any tips?
I had never seen the below veggies before – turns out they are garlic scapes, which make the best and stinkiest (in a good way) pesto ever.
Here’s a rundown of what I got in Week 1′s pick-up:
I still need to learn how to store these vegetables properly. This past week I’ve been frantically consuming them so I wouldn’t waste any – I’ve got a bunch of recipes to share with you, so stay tuned! I’m picking up Week 2′s loot this evening, can’t wait!
Have you ever joined a CSA? Would you consider joining one?