I am so grateful to be a member (thanks Kathleen!) of a great local biodynamic farm CSA. This Saturday was the first distribution day...
It is so different than any CSA that I have been a part of as all of the members band together with the farmers to sort and deliver the veggies and fruits. We are all assigned into clusters around the bay area and each cluster has a different representative attend a weekly sort where we literally pull the produce off of the farm truck and divvy it up into equal shares for all of the members.
It is such an eye-opening experience as you walk through the season along with the farmers, starting with small amounts of greens in the beginning (so much rain this year early in the season made it difficult to grow, but will be great for the future crops of this season) and blossoming into more overflowing bushel baskets as the season progresses. I really REALLY love the true-ness and real-ness of getting my produce this way. I am supporting a farm (while dreaming of moving my family onto their property) as well as teaching my children (and myself) how it really is to eat locally. Back in the day, folks did not have the luxury to go to the grocery store and purchase exotic fruits and vegetables from across the ocean. How did we become so dependent on food from outside sources when we have such an abundance in our backyards (literally for some of us).
I also like the notion of "you get what you get" which, this week, meant a lot of greens (which we enjoyed raw baked into a quiche) some lettuce and radishes, dried peaches, cherries and strawberries. We also have an egg share -a dozen per week- from Pt. Reyes as our babies are not laying quite yet... As the season progresses, however, and the produce becomes more abundant, the harvest, however large, is still equally divided among the share members. So, big harvest = big basket for us!
Now, I did have to supplement a bit this week because our family eats A LOT of fruits and veggies, but made it a point to purchase only items which were grown within the bay area and surrounding counties. (Good Earth Foods in Fairfax actually includes the exact distance away from their store which the produce was grown- shocking to see items like coconut, etc. saying "this item was grown 3000+ miles away from here!" )
So, here is to supporting local farms, and getting what you get!
(and more later on how I am in the process of helping our CSA to switch to cloth produce bags for small items like dried fruits, cherries, etc. which are still being bagged in plastic... everyone in our CSA is very receptive to this change, so I have to get sewing now!)