June 4, 2008

What's-in-the-Box Wednesday 6/4/08

Determined to get more vegetables in our diet, we purchased a CSA share for the 2008 harvest season. Short for community supported agriculture, a CSA is simply a group of community members who commit to support a local farm in exchange for a supply of fresh produce throughout the growing season.

CSA programs vary from farm to farm. Mine offers a few different box options: veggie (two sizes), fruit (two sizes), salad and tomatoes. Some also offer flowers, eggs and meat. Since this is our first year, we are keeping it simple and just went with the small veggie box. We are considering adding a fruit share, but are waiting to see how it works for us for a few more weeks before committing to more.

Our particular CSA runs May through October and we received our third box this week. The produce is just gorgeous and tastes so good. I've decided to show off my bounty each week in a regular post I'm calling What's-in-the-Box Wednesday. Sorry, I didn't take pictures of the first two weeks' boxes. This week, we received:

  • Basil
  • Carrots
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Garlic
  • Radishes
  • Red chidori kale
All CSAs offer different varieties and options, so my pictures are only representative of what you can get. But, I really encourage buying from local farmers when possible

If a weekly box of locally grown veggies sound good to you, you may be able to find a CSA in your area. If you already belong to a CSA, I'd love to see what you receive each week or hear how it's going for you.


Michelle in Colorado Springs said...

Mine does not start for 2 more weeks. I am excited.

Melissa said...

The only one in my area comes to about $45 per box. It seems really expensive. Or is this normal?

Jaime said...

beautiful photos!

Allison said...

This post is one of the most inspiring I've read recently. Gorgeous photos. I can't wait for my CSA to start after drooling over yours!

And you've been tagged for a meme!

Amy said...

Wow you must have a super camera, and your photog skills are excellent!