I wasn't able to get in to the new local CSA (Community Support Agriculture) this summer that is up on the Eastern Shore - slots went fast! I'm on the waiting list for next year because it is such an awesome thing to have access too. You pay a flat rate for a Spring to Fall subscription for either a Full or Half box of locally, organically, and pesticide-free grown produce that you pick up once a week. Its always a mix of whatever is in season, so you really get the opportunity to try new things all summer long.
Luckily, even though we weren't able to get a subscription, they send out emails when they have extras to sell Farmers Market style at the farm, and even better - small box style delivered to their regular pick up points down here on the south side. I got such an email this week, and the list was enticing so we place our order.
I picked it up this evening and it contained:
- a huge head of lettuce
- yellow and red cherry tomatoes
- 10 leeks
- at least a dozen potatoes
- and what looks like an entire flat of basil!
The car smelled heavenly on the way home. And bonus, they send you recipes to go with your box - so this weekend I will be making a TON of pesto to freeze (do you see how much basil that is!?!?!) along with some potato leek soup. And some salad of course!