As part of my effort to support local farmers and to eat seasonal food more often, I’ve signed up for a Community Support Agriculture (CSA) box. That means that once a week for the next eight weeks, we’ll be getting a share of freshly picked veggies (and sometimes fruit) that were grown on a local farm. We also get a dozen eggs every other week.
I picked up the first box last Friday. I biked over to the pick-up location — which just happens to be near my garden plot — grabbed our bag of produce, placed it into my bike basket, and pedaled home as fast as possible. I couldn’t wait to see what we got.
As you can see, the single-share option has a decent amount of food for two people: 2 ears of corn, 1 large red onion, 1 medium yellow onion, 1 large tomato, 1 cucumber, a bunch of multi-coloured carrots, 1 head of garlic, a big bag of yellow wax beans, a bunch of potatoes, and a dozen eggs.
We were going on a camping trip that weekend, so I put most of the veggies to good use. I chopped up the cucumber and half the red onion and added them to a pasta salad. We brought the garlic, potatoes, carrots, yellow beans, and corn with us to cook at the campsite.
The first night, we cooked corn-on-the-cob over the campfire to eat with our dinner. It was delicious. On the second night, I made a side-dish of fire-roasted carrots and beans drizzled with olive oil, maple syrup, and salt. Those were wrapped in tinfoil, of course. They turned out pretty well, considering how the liquid kept leaking from the foil!
The potatoes made for an excellent breakfast served alongside leftover brown beans. I cooked them with olive oil, salt, paprika, and thyme over the portable propane stove. When they had finished cooking, I sliced up cherry tomatoes and stirred them in.
We had that along with grapes and orange juice. It was the perfect breakfast to give us energy for the 7.5 km hike that took us nearly 3 hours to complete. Well, we did stop a few times to take photos, but damn that trail was tough!
Okay, well that’s all for today. The first CSA basket was easy enough to deal with. I’ll be posting weekly updates for the next eight weeks, so if you liked this post, be sure to come back for the rest of them! I’ve already picked up the basked for week two, but I haven’t figured out what to do with it yet. Hmmm. This should be interesting.
If you live in Ottawa and want to get your own CSA box (or even just attend a farmers’ market) just take a look at Just Food’s handy map that lists the locations of all the farms and farmers’ markets.
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