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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Summer Creek Farms: CSA Week 1

On May 12th we got our first CSA box!  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  Basically you buy a share in a farm and then you receive a weekly box of veggies grown at the farm.  Zach and I have wanted to do this for several years now, but we had to move over the past two summers, the last move being from New York to Virginia, so it wasn't possible.  This year we knew we'd be staying put over the summer so we could invest in a CSA.  Our farm is Summer Creek Farms.  It's in Frederick County, Maryland and is USDA certified Organic.  I love that we are supporting a local farmer (Farmer Rick!).  Support of a local business was only one reason we couldn't wait to join a CSA though.  We love cooking and knew that getting lots of fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies each week would keep us busy in the kitchen. It's also kept us busy in the researching department -- even in just the first 4 weeks we've been getting several veggies we haven't cooked with before.  This has been a great challenge to find new recipes, try new techniques and really expand our cooking.  It's been great already to work with fresh fruits and vegetables while they are in season.  We also have been eating and cooking healthier, since our fridge is now packed with lots of fresh produce, it would be a shame to waste it.  I can't wait to see what we continue to get all summer and what other new recipes we'll get a chance to learn! 

 Here is a picture of our Week One box:
  • Radishes
  • Chard
  • Strawberries
  • Broccoli raab
  • Arugula
  • Spinach

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