I have wanted to subscribe to a CSA from the first time I read about them but the cost, location, etc. always held me back. After reading recent titles about the effect of our food choices on not only our body but the environment and economy I decided that it was time to put my money where my mouth was (or wanted to be). So once the Local Beet published the 2011 CSA Guide, I dutifully went through each entry looking for those providers meeting my criteria – pick-up location, length of season, cost, payment plan, living wages for workers and so on and so forth. Long story short, I decided to go with Genesis Growers.
This week was our first delivery. Excitedly, my partner & I went over to the pick-up location in Evanston to get our box of goodies. Upon getting home and opening the box, the first thing we noticed was the smell. It was fresh and fragrant. Making a space on the dining room table, we started pulling everything out while ooh-ing and ahh-ing. The cats quickly came to see what was happening and if there was something there for them (there wasn’t). So what did we get? Oregano, Thyme, Broccoli, Asparagus, Kale, Lettuce, Rhubarb, and Strawberries. Oh. My. Goodness. The strawberries are pure bliss. It is taking a lot of willpower not to eat them all this evening. We have already enjoyed some of our fresh veggies by having a lettuce and massaged kale salad with lime-oregano vinaigrette for dinner.
I’m not really sure how I’m going to use all the oregano and thyme; I suspect they may be frozen for use later. If anyone has any tips or recipes, please share. The rhubarb will also be a hurdle. Right now the I’m thinking I may freeze it as well so I can try the rhubarb salsa recipe that Farmer Vicki shared in this week’s email. Now to figure out how to break down the box before the cats try to take control of it.