Friday, June 10, 2016

Vegetables- Community Supported Agriculture

This year we bought a CSA share. CSA means community supported agriculture. We bought our share from Blue Barrel Farm in Fort Collins, CO. For $290 a year Blue Barrel Farm will deliver vegetables to your house (enough for a family of 4) every other week for the entire growing season (June to October).

We received our first share yesterday and were so amazed! It included: lettuce, spinach, chives, edible chive flowers, radishes including edible radish greens, arugula, kale, swiss chard, mixed greens, bok choy, and parsley. I washed and chopped everything to make it convenient to eat. I have had 4 salads since yesterday morning when the vegetables arrived, and I can't get enough! The lettuce is so tender, the radishes are so mild, and I feel so good knowing that everything I'm eating was farmed locally and organically.

At lunchtime some neighbor girls came over and wanted to try everything (even the girl who is very picky). The girls tried everything, but their favorite item was the edible flowers even though they are a little spicy.

The farm also provided us with a small bucket for compostable materials. They will pick that up along with the lettuce containers when they deliver our next share in two weeks. You don't have to be home to receive the delivery. You just put out a cooler with ice packs in the shade near your front door. Every delivery will have a new variety of vegetables based on what is ready at that time. If they bring us parsnips, I will be looking to give those to someone else as they are not my favorite.


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