Bounty from summer's first CSA pick-up
I picked up the season's first CSA share yesterday. This year, I decided on a half-share from a local organic farm, via Farm to City, a Philadelphia-based organization whose goal is to unite communities, families and farmers via locally grown food. This time, I received a huge crown of butter lettuce, broccoli, a pint of sugar snap peas, two fat bunches of scallions [my favorite!] collards and cauliflower. It's so much fun – getting a gorgeous package of lush vegetables each time, and knowing they are not laden with chemicals.
As you can see from the photo, CSA produce tends to be more vibrant and in my farm's case, tastier than most of the stuff you buy at the market. [I suspect our small farm's employees do some quality control before packing up the shares!] You can almost feel Mama Earth giving you a hug, thanking you for buying locally, for not polluting the earth, and for nurturing your body with good, living food.
I'll try to show you over some of my posts how I use up the contents of my CSA shares. I had grand plans for the sugar snaps, but I must confess, I've already eaten 3/4 of the pint of snap peas raw. They are so sweet, it's almost as if they've been dipped in agave nectar.