I’m a meticulous eater. I assemble and pack my meals on a daily basis: (1) because I try really hard to adhere to the principles of the core diet; and (2) I’m really particular about what I put into my body (except for Oreos and Happy Hippos but those are special post-super long work out foods). While I try to buy organic and local vegetables at the supermarket, Price Chopper isn’t always the best place to get fresh local food. So, in an effort to eat more organic AND local fruits and vegetables, I’ve joined the Boulder Knoll CSA. CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture” — its and arrangement where you purchase a “share” of produce from a farm. In return, farm “members” receive seasonal produce once a week. The farmer and the members become partners in the production, distribution and consumption of locally grown food, grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.
The farm I’ve joined — Boudler Knoll — is located about 5 miles from my house and grow a wide variety of vegetables and fruits including: Lettuce, carrots, peas, radishes, Swiss chard, beets, kale, herbs, bok choi, mizuna, broccoli raab, garlic scapes, scallions, Chinese cabbage, blueberries, pick-your-own strawberries, peaches, blueberries, melon, lettuce, carrots, beets, scallions, Swiss chard, kale, herbs, summer squash, potatoes, garlic, parsley, onions, green beans, leeks, purslane, tomatillos, early tomatoes, apples, pears, cider, lettuce, carrots, beets, radishes, peppers (sweet and hot), chard, kale, potatoes, arugula, spinach, pumpkins, parsley, eggplant, tomatoes, basil, leeks, winter squash, broccoli, broccoli rabe, tomatoes, tomatillos, tatsoi, edamame, parsnips, Chinese cabbage, pick-your-own raspberries and autumn olive berries (ok they grow A LOT of fruits and vegetables). In addition to paying for my share, I’ve also agreed to work 12 hours over the course of the season on the farm. It should be interesting to work on the farm and I’m looking forward to getting my first share in June.