Diary Of A Localvore: Community Supported Agriculture

By: Kay Sokolovic
By: Kay Sokolovic

Kay Sokolovic talks about her contract with a local farmer that provides you with a box of fresh produce each week for a designated number of weeks and is paid in advance.

I have been participating in a Winter CSA – my first experience with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Several farmers have started offering CSA’s during the summer with a great response. A CSA is a contract with a local farmer that provides you with a box of fresh produce each week for a designated number of weeks and is paid in advance. The cost is usually between $15-$20 per week. The summer is a great time to experience a CSA as you get to try different fruits and vegetables as they are harvested and there is quite a variety. Recipes are sometimes provided with the produce. I get excited each time I go to pick up my basket. I don’t know what will be in the basket and that’s part of the fun for me. This season, I have roasted raw peanuts, pickled beets, found multiple ways to prepare turnip roots and just experimented with different vegetables. I have had no trouble in finding ways to use the pecans!

A CSA is a wonderful way to try preparing and eating different vegetables. I will post an update later with a list of farmers offering CSA’s this upcoming season.
 
Balsamic Roasted Vegetables
2 Sweet Potatoes – washed, peeled & cut into 1” chunks  
3 Carrots – washed, peeled & sliced into ½” chunks – slice diagonally
 1 Red Onion – peeled, halved & cut into ¼ “slices
Mix vegetables together with 2 tablespoons olive oil, ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper and 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar. Pour into a baking pan and roast at 450 degrees for 30 minutes.
This is wonderful to serve with roasted chicken or a pot roast. Try different vegetables – parsnips, turnip roots and/or potatoes.
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