Free Food! (OK, Not Really)
The blonde (my beautiful vegan wife) and I got a CSA last year. I had never heard of a CSA before, which stands for “Community Supported Agriculture,” where a member of the public (moi) buys a portion of a farm’s harvest before it is harvested. Almost like buying stock in the farm. Good season, right amount of rain, few bugs = awesome crops. Drought, heat wave, stinkbug infestation = miserable waste of money.
Our CSA is through a farm local to us in Maryland, called Gorman Farm. They’re good people, and we like them a lot, and, while they aren’t certified organic, they only use organic growing practices, so there is a ton of variety in what is available from week to week. (Feel free to follow them on Twitter, @gorman_farm).
Last week, we went to my in-laws’ house (Which was two days of them giving us a hard time about our veganism. Awesome…) and we brought radishes, yellow squash, pattypan squash, zucchini, fennel, and sugar snap peas. We tossed everything, except the peas, with some potatoes and turnips that my mother-in-law had, spiced with some olive oil, black pepper, sea salt, and a splash of balsamic vinegar, and roasted them on the grill. It was awesome.
When I rolled by to pick up our CSA this week, we had:
- Red leaf lettuce
- Red beets (both root and greens)
- Red Carrots (We get carrots of multiple colors throughout the summer)
- Kohlrabi (an ancient veggie)
- Yellow squash
- Pattypan squash
- Turnips or Fennel
With no special plans for how to make all these awesome veggies, we’ll certainly roast some again, and see what we’re in the mood for later this week. The kohlrabi, turnip, and beet greens will all saute up nicely, and will probably end up alongside the root vegetables. Especially if we go down to see family on Wednesday for the 4th.
If you are interested in taking part in your local Community Supported Agriculture, you can visit Local Harvest and find a CSA, farmers’ market, or locally supported grocery store near you.
Either way, happy 4th of July!