Wow, I must sound really lazy. I do like going to farmer’s markets, and I love shopping for organic produce at Whole Foods, but there is something pretty nice about getting a box of fresh, organic produce delivered to your door each week.
First, the contents of the box is a surprise (if you want to ruin your surprise, you can check the CSA’s website the prior Friday). I quite like it, though - the excitement - it’s very much like opening a Christmas gift. And it challenges you to try new foods and recipes. I love this part, because we normally buy the same dozen or so produce items, and if I venture out of the norm on my own, the new item runs the risk of getting wasted.
And second, it’s a novel luxury that also supports California organic farms. Love that combination.
Anyways, Farm Fresh to You in the Capay Valley called me a few weeks ago to let me know they were now delivering in our area. I signed up immediately, and had a box of produce the following Wednesday. I ordered the smallest box of fruits and vegetables, at $25/week, but they have a ton of different options to choose from. I thought I’d start at the bottom and work up if we needed to. After two deliveries, I think we’re just fine for our family of 3 (And we’re almost 4! Hence the long hiatus from this project!).
Here’s what was in this week’s box: Navel Oranges (2 lb), Eureka Lemons (1.5 lb), Braeburn Apples (2 lb), Bacon Avocadoes (2), White Mushrooms (0.5 lb), Collard Greens (1 bunch), Red Leaf Lettuce (1 bunch) and Leeks (1 lb). Admittedly, we haven’t used the collard greens, and are not quite sure what we’ll do with them yet. But the lettuce - which we don’t buy on a normal basis (I know, we should!) - Dan has made a nice side salad for us each night, and it feels so good to be eating greens regularly. Their leeks are amazing! We made a creamy potato leek soup last week. Ryan loves the apples, and I got Dan to taste a bit of sauteed mushrooms (he hates them currently but we’re working on that).
In the coming weeks, I will try my best to post photos and the recipes we make from our fantastic boxes of fresh produce!