Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Breathe {inspiration for Wednesdays}

Alright, so when was the last time you had fava beans??  How about kohlrabi?  Or even fresh picked, sun-warmed raspberries?  In the last few weeks I have been graced to put all of these foods in my mouth with a delicious "mmmmm" following quickly behind.  

See...this year, a friend talked me in to being part of a CSA with her and I love it!!

For those of you who don't know what a CSA is (don't worry I didn't either...I thought she was talking about one of those CSI tv shows at first!!) stands for Community Sponsored Agriculture.  It "consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farming operation where the growers and consumers share the risks and benefits of food production."  (Thank you Wikipedia!)

Our local farm that I HIGHLY recommend is Terry's Berries...

Each week we go to the farm and pick up our share of the abundance grown.  It is always a bit of a surprise as to what we'll get, but that makes it really fun!

We paid up front for 21 weeks of the summer share, which was different to do because we were paying out money before we saw what we would get. is so nice now because all my fresh produce is already paid for and I get the surprise of seeing what I'll be making during the week!

Like I said, we've had fava beans, kohlrabi, lots of lettuce and greens, zucchini, cauliflower, beets, apples, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and lots more I don't even remember.  We even opted for a farm-fresh egg share too!!  

I like the idea of eating fresh, organic food AND supporting a local business!  The surprising benefit has been in getting items I would never buy in the store, learning to cook with them and finding out our family (yes...even my kids) like them!!

The great thing is...even if you don't want to do the CSA share (or if it is too late for this summer), they have a great store with lots of wonderful items.

All that said...those are the facts of a CSA, but there is lots more that I learn about life, God and myself while at the farm...but that will have to wait for another day!

Breathe, smile and go slowly.

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