How do you improve perfection?
“Farmer Dave” Miller asked how satisfied we are as members of his Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) tonight at the weekly pick up of veggies grown on his farm.
I was stumped on ways to improve the CSA. Every time I go, I feel like it’s Christmas. The kind of Christmas where you know what you might be getting, but there’s still that element of anticipation and surprise.
This week, he provided onions that were absolutely perfect, beets, carrots, and new potatoes. I would have taken pictures, but I used the onion and carrots in a stir fry almost immediately, along with yellow and green zucchini squash and kale I still had from last week, and some of the broccoli from Jason Grimm’s farm that I also picked up today – and meat for the grill – from the Iowa Valley Food Co-op.
Maybe some CSA members don’t know what to do with a vegetable like kale, but besides the stir fry, I’ve used it in salads and soups and, in general, feel like I’m eating healthier when it’s added to my diet.
The CSA also has provided our family with kohlrabi, turnips, lettuce, peas and numerous other vegetables, and the occasional strawberries and raspberries, which disappear at our house almost instantly. Then there is the bread, an add-on to the CSA, baked by Danielle Martin that doesn’t contain the artificial ingredients added to mass-produced bread.
So, how can you improve on healthier eating and food that’s farm-fresh and tastes great? Farmer Dave reminded me that the CSA lasts 20 weeks, so I’ll just gather my “Christmas” shares into October and contemplate.
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