One of the perks of meeting new foodies and bloggers is getting exposed to all sorts of things you’ve never stumbled upon yourself. My blogger friend Karis, over at Karis’ Kitchen, opened my eyes up to CSAs, which stands for Community Supported Agriculture. When you purchase a CSA share, you receive lots of fresh, local produce, usually on a weekly schedule. I’ve heard about the volume you get on a regular basis from CSAs so I sought out a way to start small and get my feet wet.
That brought me to Growing Power here in Milwaukee. This wonderful organization is only located about 6-7 minutes from where I work. While most CSAs have you pay up front for the whole season, Growing Power allows you to purchase week to week while also using smaller, local wholesalers to get produce not available locally at a better rate. I picked up my second bag last week and here’s the haul: pears, apples, oranges, kohlrabi, and collard greens.
Not pictured: 2 bananas, butternut squash, cabbage, and jalapenos
All of this for only $9! I love not knowing what I’m going to get every week and I love the challenge of coming up with ways to use it all–not to mention supporting a local organization focused on healthy eating and getting back to understanding where our food comes from.
In these two weeks I’ve made butternut squash soup (recipe coming tomorrow!), kohlrabi chips, roasted broccoli, and mashed cauliflower as well as having a fresh piece of fruit with breakfast and lunch.
If you’re interested in finding a local CSA or other sources of local produce, check out http://www.localharvest.org/
Do you participate in a local CSA or market basket program? What’s your favorite fruit or veggie and your preferred way prepare it?