Thursday, June 04, 2009

Community Supported Agriculture

Thursday, June 04, 2009
Early this year, Brian and I decided that we were going to participate in something called Community Supported Agriculture ("CSA"). Wikipedia defines CSA as "a socio-economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes the community's farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. CSA’s focus is usually on a system of weekly delivery or pick-up of vegetables and fruit, sometimes dairy products and meat". We were intrigued by the idea of joining a CSA so we set out to find the right farm for us. After searching far and wide (really just surfing the internet for a 5 minutes between watching youtube videos of kittens in a shoebox) we decided on a farm just outside of Ellicottville called Native Offerings. We chose to participate in the summer vegetable and fruit share and if all goes well, we may consider other shares in the future.

Last week we were informed that it was time to start the summer shares!!! I've been excited and nervous all week. Excited for all the fresh veggies we were going to be able to eat (fruit starts in another week or two) and nervous for the fact that I'm going to have to learn how to prepare new vegetables; thankfully, I have the internet to help me find new recipes.

Anyway without further ado, our first share (it's small because it's early in the season...they should get a little larger as the season grows).

We received:
2 bunches of Rapini (a.k.a. broccoli raab)
1 bunch of Radishes
1 bunch of Thmye
1 1/4 lbs of Spinach

I've decided that the radishes should be a great addition to our salads and that I'll freeze 1 bunch of rapini. The other bunch of rapini is going in a pasta dish called Broccoli Raab with Orechetti Pasta and Sausage. I'm not quite sure what to do with the thyme but I have about a week before it goes bad so I have some time (sorry had too). The spinach will probably be sauteed with garlic and olive oil but I'm not positive yet.

Happy Eating!


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