Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)


Several years ago I began reading about something called CSA on other people’s blogs.  They were talking about how wonderful it was to be able to get a box of fresh vegetables every week.  They also loved that they were being introduced to new vegetables.  I knew then and there, that this is what I needed.  I grew up in a family that was one generation off the farm and yes we had a huge garden.  I don’t ever remember having store bought canned vegetables.  During the summer we ate fresh and during the winter we ate vegetables that we had canned or frozen, depending on the vegetable.  I don’t have the space or the desire to garden so this would be a perfect fit for me and my family.  Sadly, for there wasn’t any program near us.  I live in Eastern Iowa, along the Mississippi but close enough to the farms that people weren’t doing this.  Finally this wonderful idea moved to the midwest, but the farmers were only promoting this in the bigger cities.  If I wanted to join a CSA, I would have to drive about an hour or more to pick up each week’s package.  Figured that this would negate the benefits of getting the fresh vegetables, plus I really didn’t want to spend over 2 hours on the road every Saturday (or whenever pickup would be).  I can think of many better ways of spending my time on a Saturday. Finally, I heard of a CSA that was just across the river (state boundary) however they were including fresh mushrooms.  Since I am allergic to them, that wouldn’t be a good idea. Fast forward to the middle of June this year, and I hear about a CSA program from a farm about an hour or so away.  The best part is that they would be delivering to a town only 20 minutes from where I live.  Now since I work in this town, it wouldn’t be that big of a problem to drive out there once a week during the summer (when I am off) and pick it up.  Today was the first day and I am so excited.  You can see in the picture above what all we received.  Of course I have already had a tomato.  Yummy.  Already planning on how I can use the potatoes, corn, and cucumbers.  Excitedly looking for recipes for the zucchini and summer squash.  Both of these are foods that we didn’t have growing up.  I believe because my dad didn’t really like them, because I have discovered that my mom grew up with them and really enjoys them.  Can’t wait to see what next week’s bundle includes and to see if we get to try any new veggies.

Let the good eating begin.  Oh and if you have a recipe for the Zucchini and summer squash, please feel free to send it to me.  Thanks