How a Box of Veggies Changed Everything

I know it seems a little lofty to think this could happen.  But it did.  Let me explain...

We joined a CSA (community supported agriculture) program in June of 2007.  Each week for $26 we picked up our large box of veggies from Be Wise Ranch in San Diego.  The box was packed full of fresh, organic produce grown just a few miles away from our house.  We always had some staples, but the fun part was trying veggies we hadn't had before, or probably wouldn't pick out for ourselves just because we didn't know what to do with them. 

We loved forcing ourselves to find recipes for fennel, turnips, collard greens (I stuff them like cabbage rolls-YUM), kale, rainbow chard, etc.  When I compare what we received in the box, I am not sure what we were eating before, and I can't compare it to anything I have had since we moved in July 2008   Oranges, that would drip down your hands, bags full of gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, green beans that would snap, fresh raisins, the list goes on and on.  The experience awakened me to question what I had been eating in the past.  All the bargain shopping had robbed me of such an incredible rich experience.  We no longer felt the need for large portions of meat to feel satisfied. 

To this day there isn't a veggie that will go bad in our house.  I will use every last scrap in some kind of soup, or pasta concoction.  There's no going back now.  My voracious appetite for fresh produce has taken over, and put my senses in overdrive.

The CSA program was not only supporting everything I believe in, but had awakened my senses to fresh produce.  Not flown, trucked, or commercially farmed.  That particular CSA is sold out now.  But, there are others to check out.  We originally found our CSA through Local HarvestTM.  I encourage you to take a look to see what is available in your area. 

And this, my friends, is how a simple box of veggies changed everything...

  • Posted on   11/04/08 at 12:28:04 PM   by Emily  | 
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Pea eye 03/05/09 02:12:54 PM

That's a whole different kind of "box of veggies". Though I don't buy frozen veggies (except for edamame), I was envisioning a box of frozen peas & carrots! We have the same kind of farm share in our area. Unfortunately, neither of us is into cooking all that much, so I've had a hard time getting on board with it. I think that the veggie boxes our local farm puts together might actually come with recipes now. That would really help me make the switch.

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