Saving and More on Local Produce!!!

   

Saving and More on Local Produce

Guest Post by Rachel's Table

Greg and I were talking the other day. I would say that Greg is an acquaintance turned friend. Can you guess what we bonded about? Yup, local food. The night before, I was researching local farms and how I could score some produce. I knew there was "this farm-share thing," which is what I called it in my head. You know, where upfront you buy a share or a membership to a farm and in turn reap the benefits of tasty, farm-fresh vegetables all through the growing season, delivered to a central location each week by a handsome farmer. After my studious research, I discovered that "this farm-share thing" has a neat and tidy name--a CSA, which stands for Community Supported Agriculture.

So back to Greg and I talking. We were talking about food in general and where we like to eat. Greg abhors chain restaurants (this made me like him about 68% more), loves to cook, and makes an excellent gumbo…with okra from Bayberry Farm in Middletown, Delaware, the very farm that I had been researching the night before! I told him that they have this thing called a CSA. He said that he participates in the CSA (liked him 95% more) and that’s where he got the okra, lots and lots of okra.

Greg praised the CSA, talked about the farmer by name, and recounted the glories of the pepper varieties. The only downside is that he received too much produce (a share feeds a family of four for the whole week)! Then and there, Greg and I agreed to split the CSA fee, which will help him out because he and his wife can’t always get to the pick-up locations due to work schedules. So what does an abundance of in-season veggies cost me? The grand total is $15 a week. Win, win! Here’s a sample of what could be in my CSA box (in late summer): 1 bunch celery, 1 lb. carrots, 1 bunch broccoli, 4 apples, 1 winter squash, 2 zucchini, 3 onions, 3 lbs. red potatoes, 4 lg. sweet potatoes, some kale. Not only does buying local food save you money, it also tastes better!

Needless to say, I’m overjoyed about participating, even in a small way, in the support of a local farmer only a few miles from my house. I can’t wait to find out what produce is available each week and whip up some awesome recipes, Chopped-style.

If you don't live in Delaware but want to find out more about a CSA in your area, visit localharvest.org, a great resource for all things local. And if you want to read about my local food experiment, visit me at www.rachels-table.com. I look forward to seeing you there!