I anticipate every other Thursday. The dog begins to bark. A red truck pulls into my driveway. A young man gets out and totes a small box into my kitchen. We exchange greetings and I thank him profusely as I walk him out to the truck. Then I run back to the kitchen and open the box: vibrant colors, shiny surfaces and earthy smells.
All this is more than I expected when I sent my check in last March for a half membership in a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Two young farmers with a dream put their heads together and created their own CSA. They have been successful in enticing me to be a part of their first growing season. I have tasted new foods and have eaten both lunches and dinners from what was just delivered. (OK, so I added a little butter and salt.) This lost art of creating a meal around what you have “in hand and in season” seems to be fading in favor of mega grocery stores.
I did plant a few vegetables in my own straw bale garden, and I have a neighbor who generously shares her garden produce as well but that pales in comparison to the variety of items I get in my bi-weekly CSA box. There is just something about that box that intrigues me. Maybe it’s because I don’t know what’s in there. Maybe it’s because I love the variety of colors, textures and smells that greet me when I open the cover. Maybe it’s because I want these young farmers to succeed.
I religiously read their weekly newsletter to feel a part of their hard work. They also share recipes for fixing the food in the box. I guess you can say I am hooked.
Sustainable. Heirloom. Fresh. Nutritious. Flavorful. Wholesome. These words are sprinkled throughout their website.
I’m not a fan of organic, but the CSA grows organic, non-GMO produce. It’s one of their selling points. I am glad it draws some members to their farm. I hope they find it works for them long-term. Regardless of their production methods, I’m excited to be a part of their enterprising endeavor. They are teaming up with other local producers as well to broaden their offerings (apples, strawberries, sweet corn and more).
I love supporting young farmers with a passion for food and farming. Maybe next year, I’ll sign up for a full share – just to get the thrill of that box EVERY week.