If you know me, you know that I love farmers. Growing up on a farm with grandparents who kept a pretty elaborate garden, I was pretty spoiled with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. In college, one of the houses I lived in also featured a pretty great garden; we also had one of the best farmers markets in the country! Anyway, being so far from California I have really missed farm fresh produce! I try to make it to the farmers market when I can, but much of the time it just doesn’t happen.
Community-supported agriculture (CSA) has been a growing trend in the industry, and a great way for family farmers to do very well. I have toyed with the idea of buying a share for the past few years, but have always been a little hesitant because it always seemed like it would be entirely too much each week for one person to realistically consume. However, this year I stumbled upon a cooperative out of Pennsylvania that had a small share that promised three to four items per week. I decided to give it a try! At the same time, I decided to buy a fruit share as well. So, for 26 weeks – now through late October – I will be receiving a small share of vegetables, and starting in another five weeks I will receive fruit too.
Tonight I picked up my first share! The box contained one head of green oak leaf lettuce, radishes, rhubarb and a bunch of kale. I am looking forward to trying out new recipes, new foods and eating healthy and local!
No recipes to report tonight, but I put some of the lettuce to use – having taco lettuce wraps with some Cinco de Mayo leftover seasoned turkey meat! The lettuce was crisp, sweet and the perfect alternative to a high-calorie tortilla!
With my new job and morning workout “routine” (I am using routine as a loose term at this very moment), I have found that i have a lot more time on my hands in the evening. I think that means there will be more time for trying plenty of experiments in the kitchen and sitting down to write a little bit more as well.
On another note, No Weigh May is going strong. The first few days it was very bizarre to not see the scale in the bathroom and step on! I am very anxious about my progress – this week is the week between training sessions. While I have been really good at working out on my own (including a five-mile PR yesterday), I think I have let my treats (read: Girl Scout cookies) get a little out of hand. Back to the trainer on Monday, thankfully!