There is a process to living a whole life that occurs when you incorporate whole foods into your daily routine. Doing so can only be good for you, your family and all of your health and well being.
A typical winter CSA pickup. We got 2 dozen eggs, a red cabbage, pork sausages, pound of ground beef, 1 chicken, bag of oat groats, spelt, wheat and rye flours. This was a part of the winter CSA we had the season before we signed on for the full year.
You sure do hear a lot about well being these days and the health of Americans. At what point are you influenced to the point of making change for yourself and your family and how the heck do you even begin to make changes?
This year or next, maybe invest in a share with a friend and put your toes in the water. Check out what farms offer these programs. CSA stands for Community Sustainable Agriculture. Just Google it and see what comes up.
Starting in June we (my husband Peter & I) will be starting the second year of our full diet CSA program. We love having a direct connection to the source of our food.
I look forward to my weekly trek to the farm, taking my 5 gallon compost bucket (with lid) to dump on the farm pile, used egg cartons, glass jars for the yogurt, milk and cheeses for recycling and my shopping bags & cooler to bring stuff home. It is a weekly celebration and a mission to see how long we can stay away from the grocery store except to buy what you cannot get at the farm (condiments mostly). I prefer to supplement my weekly catch by going to the array of farmer’s markets around the county. It really is a weekly adventure to gather the foods that feed us.
I have come to see it as a cycle of life. The farmer has a program to build up and mineralize the soil. Doing so means that the plants that grow here have higher nutrient content. The animals that feed on these plants also benefit from the mineralization, and ultimately that nutrition is passed along to us through the foods that we eat.
These peaches came from Kilmer Orchard last summer. They were the most tasty peaches I have ever eaten. We canned them and are enjoying them to this day.
This is peach jam with noyaux (peach kernels), saffron, ginger & cayenne from Masala Farm by Suvir Saran. I still have a few jars to enjoy this spring and early summer.
These are baked sweet potatoes, cut into cubes and placed on a cookie tray to be frozen. These can be used in any way. I have a unique Indian recipe for sweet potato chaat. These are ready to go from the freezer into hot oil to cook, then are seasoned with an Indian chaat spice and a squeeze of lime. A fun side dish or appetizer.
Starting with this second CSA year I will post about the weekly offerings and creations from the kitchen. Last summer we benefitted in the bounty from the farm so we were able to can 3 ½ crates of tomatoes, 30 pounds of peaches (from the farmer’s market), 1 crate of sweet potatoes for the freezer (baked and frozen), and some jams and assorted relishes. It is a feeling of getting back to the earth and being directly connected to it. This is healthy.
What is the value of this lifestyle change? Stick by your decision and be creative with what you bring home. Search your cookbooks, family recipes or the internet to find ways to use whole ingredients as often as you can. Let me entice you to make a change that will empower you if you let it.
We feel great. We eat great.
We are doing our part with the whole carbon footprint thing too.
and we picked and picked blueberries...and ate them too.
I cannot wait for Friday to see what new greens are ready or when the green garlic scapes are freshly picked. This year I am ready for them, whereas last year I was just learning about them. Join me this year. If you read this and you participate in a program, share your thoughts about your program by replying to this post.
Garlic scapes from last year. Garlic bulbs are planted in the fall. They sprout in the spring. When they put up their flower stalk, it is called a scape. The farmer cuts the scape so that the bulbs will continue to enlarge to the garlic heads we commonly see in the grocery stores. These can be used like spring onions. Can't wait for the 2012 scape season to begin!