I have been eagerly awaiting for my first CSA share from Bee Haven. For those of you who don’t know what CSA is, it’s Community Supported Agriculture. Over the last 20 years, CSA has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. A farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables and fruits, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. My good friend Jen and I are splitting a family sized share. Today was the first pick-up so Jen came over with the box and we unloaded and split up all the goodies. Here’s what we got: lettuce, bok choy, green beans, collard greens, scallions, microgreens, callaloo, eggplant, garlic chives, dill and avocado. Jen also adds in to her share some local farm fresh eggs. I’m thinking about maybe getting some local honey and bee pollen to help with my allergies, but for now juicing seems to be keeping my allergies at bay.
The farm we get our share from is Bee Haven, but where ever you live there is bound to be a CSA that you can join. Not only is it super healthy to buy fresh and local, you are supporting your local farmers. I can’t wait to start cooking with all of my new goodies. I’ll post some pics and recipes this week. Stay tuned for more.