I’ve pined over CSA memberships for many years in many places, but for whatever reason (too expensive, too much commitment, too much uncertainty) it never quite seemed like the right time to subscribe. I’ve been eating grain-free for just about six weeks now, and as a result I’m consuming way more fresh veggies than I used to. The first couple grain-free trips to the grocery store were frightening. Mouth agape, blink blink at the cash register kind of frightening. Buying that amount of produce from an organic grocery store is simply unsustainable for us.
As I began to feel even more discouraged about being in weird ol’ Troy, Alabama and having to drive forty-five minutes away to Montgomery just to get food without chemicals, I decided to consult with Google (as I so often do). I re-stumbled upon LocalHarvest.org and discovered a CSA farm in our town that was filling memberships for its upcoming growing season. So we went for it! We got ourselves a CSA subscription from a Certified Naturally-Grown farm right here in Troy! Our subscription starts in September. We’ll save money and avoid having to make so many trips to Montgomery, which, by the way, is a terribly unpleasant experience in itself because people in Alabama have no respect for road rules like, you know, the left lane is for passing, and if you’re slow, stay in the right lane, and if you’re texting and putting your makeup on and eating a sandwich, you should probably not also be operating a motor vehicle. No. Respect.
Anyway, I’m really excited.
In the meantime before the fall growing season starts, our farmer Tammy sells us bags of produce by the week. Opening these bags (for a nerd who loves plants and cooking and food and oh the cute eggplants) is a storm of indomitable excitement, something akin to Christmas for this kid. Steer clear or be swept up. Bret was wise enough this time to take up shelter in the other room with Guild Wars 2 blocking out all otherwise-incoming sound while I unpacked our delivery. Here’s what Tammy brought us today.
I welcome the challenge of a surprise bag of ingredients. I’m looking forward to coming up with something for those eggplants, since I cooked my go-to eggplant dish just a few days ago. I was really thrilled to see the okra–I haven’t had any for a long time and I’ve been wanting to come up with a way to cook it that would be palatable (if not totally awesome) for the okra-hater
s in the house. In a curry or a stew? Stir-fried with onions and sweet potatoes? Anything but fried is fair game, here. Got any ideas? Send ’em this way.
I’m convinced that if I’ve found such a glimmer of hope as this CSA farm in Troy, that there have got to be magical little farms to find in other random places, too. I recommend checking out LocalHarvest to see about CSAs, about local farmer’s markets, about grass-fed dairy or meat (if you’re into that kind of thing), local eggs and all things foodly and local in your area! Cheers and happy hunting!