This past Saturday was our first CSA pickup of the year from Colvin Family Farm. Brandon and I joined the Colvin’s CSA program last year after getting a chance to “test drive” a friend’s share the year before and loving the experience (and the challenge).
So here’s what we got in our box (which is a large share):
- Two gorgeous, gigantic heads of lettuce
- A big head of bok choy
- Green onions
- Swiss chard
- Two heads of broccoli
- Strawberries (not pictured… because they were being eaten)
In addition to supporting local farmers and getting to eat the freshest and most flavorful produce, what also excites me about our CSA is the chance to try out new veggies and recipes. I’ll be relying heavily on Food Network and Epicurious for inspiration.
Our goal this year is to eat as much of our share every week as we possibly can, and to preserve (can or freeze) what we can’t eat. We did a pretty decent job last year, considering it was our first time. (But we did end up losing a lot of the vegetables that we froze when we lost power at our house due to the tornadoes that left us without electricity for several days.)
I can’t even explain how excited we are about getting our first share for 2012. We’ve been counting the weeks until pickup day at the Market Square Farmers Market since the CSA season ended late last fall. And now it’s here!
Is it weird to be this enthusiastic about vegetables? :)