We subscribed to our local CSA. It was our first time to do anything of the kind, so I did not know what do expect and was certainly not prepared for the vegetable bounty that was delivered to our doorstep this week. It was all so Beautiful.
I admit I am mostly smitten by the romance of it - bags of vegetables just picked from the garden, sitting on the front porch of my house in a small town in the Midwest. Everything was so fresh, and natural, slightly dirty and dewy. Really, who could not be charmed by these fingerling potatoes?
And these little carrots are right out of my provincial dreams.
There was also arugula, red, yellow and purple tomatoes, sweet potato, garlic, red onion, squash, peppers, and the most amazing Grecian mixed greens.
This evening I roasted the fingerlings, carrots, and red onion and used this recipe I found on Pinterest. Fresh herbs always feel like a splurge to me, but if you can find a "poultry pack" at the store it includes thyme and rosemary - so you kind of get two for one. It is completely worth it. Our house smelled so good, and it tasted even better. I left my carrots and potatoes whole, because they looked so lovely and rustic that way, and served it with my favorite roast and gravy...I'll have to post that sometime. Planning on trying this recipe to use the arugula tomorrow - can't wait.
I most certainly hope that a garden of my own will fit into life one day, but for now this is quite nearly just as good.
For those of you who may not know, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It's a lovely way to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables or fruit. Interested households purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce weekly or semi-weekly throughout the farming season. And it is delightful!