Well, this was the last week of CSA veggies for the 2009 Summer season. I’m sad it’s over.
I’ll miss the veggies, of course. But, I’ll miss the experience, too. I really enjoyed those days when it was my turn to go to the farm and pick up for the group. For just a day it was nice to shed the suburbs, the corporate life, the cars and traffic; to get outside in the great outdoors; to mingle, although briefly, with the people who farmed and harvested the vegetables. For a few hours I’d walk the fields and pick my own beans, cukes, berries, apples, strawberries and kiwis. I’d smell the freshly baked bread sold in the barn (even though I can’t eat it I love the smell of home made bread). And, it was gratifying to see the baskets in the barn brimming with vegetables and fruits in shades of green, yellow, red, orange, and brown. I even liked dividing everything up and delivering it to my co-CSA partners in town.
And, that’s just the experience not the food. We ate beets, chard, kale, and so many other veggies for the first time this year. My kitchen and family experienced new recipes. Our diets were more nutritious and it seemed like everything tasted better. The bonus—the food was organic.
So, will I do it again? Yes, definitely. I hope you’ll try the experience, too, if you have the opportunity.