Saturday, July 5, 2008

Community Supported Agriculture

We got our first CSA box last week. We went with the Lakes and Valley CSA this year and so far they have been great. If you are not involved in a CSA, you should be. It's a wonderful idea and a great way to support local growers. CSA, or community supported agriculture farms are popping up all over the country. The idea is that you buy into a share of a farm for the whole season. Every week the CSA we belong to delivers a half bushel box of whatever is being harvested in the garden at the time. This season has been very cold and wet so our local farm is a bit behind the seaons. Usually we get our first spring greens in early June. But it was worth the wait. Our box was brimming with fresh lettuces, arugla, spinach, asian greens, and a few radishes. New to us this year is farm fresh eggs! We were delighted to find a farm with free range chickens.


Our first CSA dinner was, of course, a salad. Mixed grees, tomatoes, garbanzo beans, red peppers, blue cheese, topped with a fried free range egg and crispy bacon. A dijon balsamic dressing was just the right combination for this satisfying salad.

5 comments:

Astra Libris said...

Oooh, your gorgeous salad is a true testament to a CSA box! Such a lovely, healthful combo of fresh veggies and those beautiful free range eggs! Gorgeous!

Foodycat said...

So with this CSA stuff (I don't think we have anything similar in the UK) do you have to do any work on the farm or do you just give them money and get produce?

Brilliant salad - everything looks so fresh and delectable.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That looks absolutely DELICIOUS! What a wonderful CSA box. We are looking for one to join too!

Kevin said...

These csa's sound really interesting!

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