Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Season's Bounty

When we first joined the CSA, I wasn't sure that the cost and effort was worthwhile.  But now that we are used to getting a huge haul of fresh vegetables each week -- and to washing, prepping, and planning around the goodies in our mystery CSA box -- I have to say that I can't imagine being without it.

This week, for example, we have zucchini, yellow squash, cucumber, tomatoes, apples, peaches, haricot vert, potatoes, broccoli, cantaloupe, and lettuce.  Oh, and we have armloads of white and yellow corn, which we're not only eating on-the-cob grilled or sauteed and mixed with Israeli couscous, but also in the form of Thomas Keller's famous creamed corn (I'll be posting on this later in the week).

Unexpectedly, though, what I like most about being a part of the farm share is that we meet such lovely folks from the neighborhood each pick-up day.  Nothing has made me feel as much a part of the community I live in as standing in line with others, chatting about the weather and the goings on in the neighborhood, guessing what will be in our farm share mystery box, and swapping fruits and veggies and recipes with other CSAers.

If you're part of a farm share, how is your season shaping up?  Are you getting tired of squash yet?  Looking forward to peppers?


lavenderpug August 23, 2010 at 10:03 AM  

ooh what a gorgeous bounty! we don't participate in a csa, but i love going to the farmers market partly for the reasons that you're talking about--there's more a sense of community, friendly hello's, and so on.

BigAppleNosh August 23, 2010 at 11:06 AM  

That is such beautiful produce! Looking forward to reading about the cream corn recipe :)

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