My First CSA

April 14, 2014 | By | COMMENTS

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So I have a friend named Rachel Sheridan who also happens to be a neighbor here, in Atwater Village, and recently she did an Instagram of a CSA box that had arrived at her doorstep. What’s a CSA box? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and the idea is this: you pay a set fee, each week, and as a reward a box arrives at your door full of fresh-from-the-farm produce. I asked Rachel about her CSA and she told me it was called Summerland and that I should check it out. Not only did I check it out, after clicking around for a bit, I signed up too. Cue the trumpets: this box arrived yesterday (Sunday) morning! What was inside? Let’s open it up.

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Hmmm…what’s all that? Let’s take it apart piece by piece.

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That first layer contains: spring onions, yellow carrots, red romaine, mint, and MIZUNA. (I had to Google Mizuna: it’s like arugula, only spicier.)

Next up: a whole head of PURPLE CAULIFLOWER.

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Isn’t that wild? Wait ’til you see what I did with it (that’s coming in the next post).

With Summerland, you choose a ratio of fruit to vegetables: I chose 25 to 75, so 25% fruit, 75% vegetables. Here’s the fruit that came:

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Oranges, apples, a lemon and something big and round that may be a pomelo? I’ll have to investigate.

But the point is, because of my CSA, I have so many fruits and vegetables in my kitchen to play around with all week. The cauliflower (spoiler alert!) made its way into a spaghetti dish that was pretty rad; for Monday night’s dinner, I’m thinking chicken with roasted carrots–or maybe a carrot salad. Not sure about the spring onions or the red romaine yet, but most likely a salad.

Excited, though, to get a mystery box every week. It’s like being on Chopped except way less stressful; plus it’s good for local farms. My name is Adam Roberts and I’m a proud new member of a CSA.

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  • sara

    I love my CSA! Definitely gets us to eat a lot better. :)

  • thegreengrass

    Enjoy your CSA! We’ve had one for a few years now, and they’re amazing. The challenge it presents you to cook things you’ve barely ever seen or used before is so much fun.

  • thegreengrass

    Enjoy your CSA! We’ve had one for a few years now, and they’re amazing. The challenge it presents you to cook things you’ve barely ever seen or used before is so much fun.

  • Greg

    There’s a terrific recipe with spring onions in the Sunday Suppers at Lucques book!

  • Conuly

    Nice! We pick up our CSA personally, and this reminds me, I need to send in my order form for additional products.

  • Beth

    Love CSAs! I hope you have fun coming up with ways to use your bounty each week. :-)

  • Beth

    Love CSAs! I hope you have fun coming up with ways to use your bounty each week. :-)

  • Beth

    Love CSAs! I hope you have fun coming up with ways to use your bounty each week. :-)

  • Beth

    Love CSAs! I hope you have fun coming up with ways to use your bounty each week. :-)

  • Beth

    Love CSAs! I hope you have fun coming up with ways to use your bounty each week. :-)

  • Anonymous

    CSAs are great. The only thing that could be better is having a garden full of vegetables so you could make a salad like this: http://wp.me/p44c6k-xn

  • meresyg

    Apples? In April? Not even California is that good. You paid good money for 5 month old fruit.

  • Connie

    You get your CSA share in the mail? Doesn’t that kind of ruin the support local agriculture concept?

  • Connie

    You get your CSA share in the mail? Doesn’t that kind of ruin the support local agriculture concept?

  • Connie

    You get your CSA share in the mail? Doesn’t that kind of ruin the support local agriculture concept?

  • Connie

    You get your CSA share in the mail? Doesn’t that kind of ruin the support local agriculture concept?

  • Connie

    You get your CSA share in the mail? Doesn’t that kind of ruin the support local agriculture concept?