This year we finally bought a "share" in a local farm. For those of you who are unfamiliar with CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), some local, family-run farms sell shares of their crops. You buy your share seasonally and each week you receive your share of the yield. I was fortunate to find one that lets us choose what goes into our share - I'm not sure we're ready for the "mystery veggie of the week" yet! The farm we subscribe to also offers eggs and meat, so we have a wide selection to choose from. Today we were very excited to pick up our first share! We selected a dozen eggs, green romaine lettuce, green buttercrunch lettuce, lettuce mix, green garlic, spinach, and a pound of mild country breakfast sausage. Yum! Needless to say, we had an excellent salad with our dinner tonight.
Our pick-up location is host to many CSAs (it's a healthy-living program provided by my husband's employer) and many of them offered products beyond their CSA shares, farmers market style. I was hoping this would be the case, but since this is our first season with them, I wasn't sure what to expect. Anyway, the fresh strawberries, that were sweet enough to smell a couple feet away, proved too tempting. So we walked away with two quarts in addition to our share. Now, to just find the space in the fridge! I think I'll solve part of the problem by melting some chocolate chips to dip the strawberries into! Oh, Happy Spring!
To find a farmers market and/or CSA near you, go to Local Harvest (link is to the right under "Food Links").