CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Essentially, one purchases a ‘share’ in a local farm – much like the stock market, one then has a vested interest in seeing the farm succeed. Dividends/pay outs come in the form of produce – vegetables and sometimes fruit. Different farms do things differently; my farm happens to be also organic, and I pick up my box each week – Tuesdays for me – from a local location. Join me on this journey – my inaugural season with a CSA – as I explore the various vegetables I receive and what I can do with them to turn them into delicious happiness…
For more information on CSAs, click here. To find a CSA local to you, you can click here or for one in NYC, visit JustFood.org. I found mine by typing “Forest Hills CSA” into Google – my neighborhood name + the word CSA, and I’m sure that would work for you as well. Good luck and enjoy the fruits of your labors… har, har.
Week 22 came fast and left me dizzy. I’d like to say I made lots of lovely dishes with the items in the CSA, but let’s face it, you already must know that I am struggling to just keep myself fed properly. I haven’t been eating. I had two exams upcoming, and a paper due a short moment after those two exams, and have not been able to cook, much less clean up after what I’ve already cooked, and then look, just to keep myself cleaned, semi-fed, and the dog, too – well… let’s just say no one is coming over to my place for a while. (As my friends will laugh, it’s not like anyone’s come over anyway!)
I couldn’t even muster up the energy to clean off my table before I took a photo. In fact I think that bowl is still in my sink :X
The one photograph I can show you – aren’t you proud?! – was from the very night I picked up my CSA. Since it contained BOK CHOI, I quickly rinsed that all clean, and threw together a quick dinner for myself – yay! Udon in a plain broth, with… yummy… these mini-pork-dumplings I found in the freezer section of my local Asian market. There wasn’t really a brand name on them, but I liked them – plain little dumplings they are – and will probably try to use them in bento sometime. If I could actually freaking find time to bento right now… since I’m living off containers of food bought on Sunday, just shoved into plastic containers for lunches throughout the week (ha! and I’ve been throwing the containers away because I just can’t deal with washing anything! oh my god).
Everything else is still in my fridge or donated to my sister/mother. Yep. I finally had to go that route.
Let’s see if I can start eating again soon… on the bright side, I’m losing a ton of weight! On the down side, I’m actually having health issues and I’ve caught myself late at night, so hungry I go and dig into the large piles of snacks around the apartment that I usually am so good about ignoring. SIGH.