Does Your Localvore Challenge Include a CSA Box
I hope your challenge is coming along fine. Were your plans, like mine, to visit a farmer’s market this weekend lost to rain? To some extent, the last few days, we have been living off of the existing bounty in the Bungalow. We still have tons of tomatoes. We dipped into the bag of sweet potatoes we purchased a few weeks ago at the Evanston Farmer’s Market and also dipped into a bag of white potatoes picked up earlier this summer. We cut into a watermelon that has been on the dining room for several (don’t ask) weeks. It was fine. It shows how you cannot just jump into local eating. Also, luckily for me and my family, we have a CSA box to ensure a new supply of local food. From Farmer Vicki’s Genesis Growers:
- Heirloom tomatoes
- Baby lettuce bag
- Spinach bag
- Red bell peppers
- Green beans
- Spaghetti squash
- 2 chickens
- 12 eggs (I think I forget to mention this each week)
I have always tout Cas for their ancillary benefits. They put you in touch with a farmer, allowing farm visits and whatnot. You get inside to make deals such as for off-season products or limited edition products like Vicki’s eggs. There are other obvious points to a CSA, mainly the idea of providing money to a farmer when he or she most needs it, balancing out the books and sharing the risks. Still, at the end of the day, there is the key point that regardless of the weather, regardless of anything else, there will be local food waiting for you each week.
Our other purchase this week was more Michigan tomatoes from Caputo’s for canning, about 20 lbs worth. We bought local milk at Whole Foods. Finally, our local haul was enhanced by a generous donation from the garden of David C. Hammond. From there we got hot peppers, celery, sage, parsley, kale, carrots, and leeks.
Last week’s local here.