my first csa delivery

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For those of you wondering if CSA is an acronym referring to an accounting, non-profit or even vegan-related term, think again. It’s been around for decades, but only now catching on: community-supported agriculture. Huh? CSA refers to the membership-based delivery of locally grown, most often organic, non-GMO produce to select locations. Consumers can order and pick up their “share” of fresh, regionally-produced food at a given  location, then prepare and eat the goods at home, creating the ultimate, not to mention intimate, farm-to-table experience.

I have finally come on board. It just so happens that the closest CSA to my town makes its deliveries to a location literally down the street from where I live. So when I checked the web site for Roxbury Farm, and saw the fee of $150 for one share of winter vegetables, I signed myself on up. The share consists of 90 pounds of veggies, delivered in 3 installments. Not knowing if I would be able to force 90 pounds of cold-weather greens on the boys, I split the share with a friend, so my share equated to $75 for 45 pounds of fibrous foliage.

My split of the first delivery consisted of:

1 green cabbage

1 butternut squash

approximately 15 red potatoes

15 small beets

8 large carrots

7 sweet potatoes and

5 white onions

The carrots looked particularly home grown, with irregular bulges and thickness, but the other vegetables looked not unlike what you would find in the supermarket. Everything arrived in a wax-lined cardboard box, with the root vegetables appearing as uncouth as they come: coated with earth since they were clearly just pulled from the ground.

It gave me an unexpected sense of comfort to see the stockpile of dirty, misshaped food: this is how they look if they are not grown using pesticides, genetically-modified seeds, not picked too soon, nor scrubbed too much. My best knife and trusted cutting board await: be on the lookout for some warm winter vegetable-inspired dishes.CSA2

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