Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)

We signed up for our CSA again this year.  If you don't know CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  A CSA is a way to buy seasonal products directly from a local farmer.  Our CSA offers fruits/veggies/herbs, meats, and eggs.  We participate only in the fruit and vegetable portion of the CSA.  We buy a lot of our meat locally at Croftburn Market as it is and we like to pick what meat we get at what point.  Also, Eric doesn't eat eggs so we don't go through enough eggs to justify a weekly portion.  Last year was our first year participating in a CSA and we really enjoyed it.  The CSA we participate in is called Madison Eats and our food comes off of two different farms in Madison (and occasionally some of their neighboring farms).  One of the best things that we found with the CSA is that we ate a lot more fruit and vegetables than we had throughout the rest of the year and we tried new things that we otherwise may have never tried.  Next week is the first week of our CSA and we are so excited for our first delivery.  Last year I did a "series" of sorts that I called "Eat Local Wednesday" where I highlighted what we got in our CSA portion each week and how I cooked some of the goods.  I plan to continue this series again but I am not sure if it will always be on Wednesday.  I hope you enjoy!

In other news...we got new soil for our planter boxes tonight  (we had to empty them when we moved to the new house because they were SOOOO heavy) so some planting will be happening tomorrow.  I plan to update periodically about our gardening successes and failures as I did last year.  We are planning to plant: lettuce (a few varieties), tomatoes, peppers, basil, parsley, basil, thyme, dill and maybe garlic.  Updates to come!

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