Earlier this month, I posted about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and why you should consider subscribing to one. Here's the thing though, a picture is truly worth a million words. So check out my CSA pickup this week from Abundant Harvest Organics.
Lettuce, radishes, bok chuy, basil, arugula, oh my!
Apples, Bartlett pears, tomatoes, bell peppers, summer squash, spaghetti squash and red onions too!
AND that is just the small box. The small box is perfect for two people (two large eaters, they don't skimp!) and it is about $20 a week. The great thing is, you can opt for every other week if this seems like alot for you. They also offer a large box which is just under $40 a week.... let me tell you, those large boxes sure looked LARGE at the pickup site.
I added on some organic roasted almonds and some farm fresh raw milk. Yummy! Add-on's also include eggs, cheese, other milk products such as half & half, assorted nuts, assorted fresh herbs, varieties of tomatoes, oranges, pears etc. As I write I just got an e-mail notifying me that they will be offering Mary's Fresh Organic Free Range Turkeys for Thanksgiving. It's quite amazing!
If you don't live in the central to southern California area, check the internet to see if there is a CSA near you. If you live an area that has agriculture there is a 99.9% chance there is a CSA in your area. Some good search words are "CSA", "local harvest", "farm fresh", "farm board" and "local produce" along with the name of your city.
Remember how earlier this month I mentioned that a positive to eating local produce is eating what is in season and what is meant for our bodies to eat at that time of year? In Abundant Harvest's newsletter this week they wrote:
Abundant Harvest Newsletter - Vol. 5, Week 5
As we get into the month of October you will start to see a change in the contents of the boxes. The nights get cooler and the days get shorter. It seems we spend a little more time at home and a little more time cooking. You will find that falls produce fits into that plan perfectly.
Fall vegetables can tolerate cold weather and are nutrient dense to help keep you healthy during the cold and flu season. They are grown for their leaves, roots and bulbs. You will see leafy greens like collards, kale, and chard. There will be lots of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and winter squash. Carrots, beets, and parsnips will be at their best after the first freeze of the year, and there will be garlic, onions and shallots. Many of these vegetables will continue into the winter months.
Most of the fall vegetables will store for longer periods of time than the summer varieties that are more perishable. They lend themselves to roasting, slow cooking, soups and stews, and the variety of colors will cheer up any winter table.
Fall is the end of stone fruit season. You will see grapes through the month of October, weather permitting, and will enjoy Bartlett pears, apples, persimmons and pomegranates in coming weeks. If you have been with us in fall and winters past you know that once the fall fruits are gone the fruit available through the cold months will be citrus. Vernon is going to be packing citrus this year so we hope to be able to bring several different varieties to you.
Fall is the perfect time to start enjoying shared meals again.
How amazing is it that the Earth knows exactly what we need and when? Thank the Lord for this Great Earth and the bounty she produces!