It’s CSA time again! If I sound excited, it’s because I am. We joined Cream of the Crop CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) last summer/fall and all season long picked up our share of delicious, local, organic veggies on Tuesday afternoons. Over the winter and spring we missed not only the bounty, but also the community aspect of the pick up. But nevermind…it’s starting again and this year we also bought into the optional fruit share!
Today’s veggie bounty had a lot of greens as it is the start of the growing season: two types of lettuce, kale, spinach, napa cabbage, golden beets, mint, cilantro and broccoli rabé. We are going to eat so much salad and be so healthy! We tend to freeze kale and spinach for later if we feel we won’t be able to use it before it goes bad.
The fruit share was two quarts of local strawberries. Super sweet, and perfect for snacking, smoothies or to stew down with rhubarb from our Glamping veggie basket.
For my Canadian friends, a CSA is like a co-op. Pre-season, CSA farmers sell “shares” in their farm’s yearly harvest which helps cover the cost of growing, harvesting, and distributing their produce along with a living wage for the farmers. Part of joining a CSA means you don’t get to choose which veggies you receive week to week, but on the other hand you get fresh, certified organic, local produce which is in season. And, you become more adventurous in your cooking and eating habits. For example, last year we had lots of eggplant – and I didn’t think I liked eggplant until I made Eggplant Parmesan. This week I’ll be looking up recipes to use up the broccoli rabé and Napa cabbage.
As part of your membership you are responsible for covering 3 distribution shifts at the CSA. Last year I brought O along for our volunteer shifts and it was so much fun weighing zucchini and tomatoes we volunteered a few extra times.
Our CSA partners with Hepworth Farms, a family farm based in Milton, NY. Our distribution site is at W86th and West End Ave at the Church of St. Paul and St. Peter.
For more information, or to join visit: http://www.creamofthecropcsa.org