This summer/early fall, we are participating in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program with Driftless Organics, which was one of the many farms we could choose from in Wisconsin's FairShare CSA Coalition. I was mulling over doing a CSA this year, but a few things convinced me in the end; one, reading the book Unprocessed: My City-Dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food by Megan Kimble, which I found interesting, funny, and thought-provoking, and two, learning that through our insurance, we can receive money back from participating in a CSA through their Wellness Rewards program.
A CSA, for those who may not be familiar with the term, consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. (United States Department of Agriculture).
The program we are participating in has two options for their CSA; a weekly box and an every other week box. Since it's just the two of us, and we're fairly new to CSAs (we've done one before, but it wasn't the best experience), we opted for the every other week box.
We picked up our first box on Saturday morning at the farmers market, and I've been spending time on the internet ever since to find recipes for the large variety of produce in this week's box. I thought I would start a bi-monthly post that shares the produce we receive in each box, and what we make with it. This way, I'm keeping myself accountable for using the produce, and hopefully we can all learn some new ways for cooking fresh produce.
Here's what we received this week.
Look for a post next week or so, descrbing how we used it (we've already used at least 7 different items so far!).
While out on Saturday, I also picked up this Madison, Wisconsin market bag that I had had my eye on for the past year to tote my produce. It's humungous, well-made with a waterproof lining, and is made by Saidpur Enterprises, which provides fair wages for Bangladeshi women, as well as other social and educational projects in the community.
It should also double as a beach/lake bag, so this was a perfect time of year to buy one.
Tell me some ideas for cooking with basil or scallions!