Local. Fresh. Real. Food.
If you’re like me, you love food. There’s no better food than fresh and local. I’m talking beets pulled from the ground with your own hand fresh and local. Not these VR beets you can download. Fresh and local and real.
So now what?
I recommend joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in your town. These are locally farmed land and you pay for the harvest up front. A typical CSA charges about $400 and you receive a bag of organic veggies every a week for about 20 weeks. This is a fun way to develop healthy eating habits, while directly supporting organic farmers.
What the fuck is cole-rah-bee?
Most people get introduced to new types of food through their CSA, so it’s normal to be confused the first time you see a new type of food. Feel free to ask questions about what’s in each bag. It isn’t easy to find recipes about something you don’t know the name of. It’s actually spelled kohlrabi and it’s delicious.
Too much salad
After a couple weeks of eating salads every day, you’ll want to get creative. You get a lot of the same food type each week and your meals can begin to feel repetitive. Other than french fries, I don’t want to eat the same thing over and over again.
Take this opportunity to find a new salad dressing! Or for me, re-discovering an old favorite.
I typically prefer oil based salad dressings and this Paul Newman is my favorite. My current salad line up looks like this: Lettuce, chard, red onion, boiled beets, radish, carrot. It’s the bomb.
Lastly, I keep a few essentials that really compliment my CSA haul:
- Parmesan cheese — Very salty and goes great on anything. I recommend the pre-shaved containers in the cheese section.
- Tortias & Salsa — These can fix any meal. Some times my first time cooking something doesn’t go quite right, but throw it in a quick taco and I feel like Gordan Ramsey.
- Pasta — I love cold pasta salad, so I always make sure I keep a big Tupperware on hand. Throw in some green onions, greens, parm, top it with a little Paul and that’s enough to get me through lunch.
If you have any ideas, please leave a comment and let us know what you do to improve your CSA life! My goal is to start a comprehensive list of this stuff and here is my first attempt.