For the love of food, or why I love being part of a CSA farm
Yesterday, my son picked the first cucumbers off of his very own cucumber plant in our backyard garden. The between the two of them, the 4 year old and the 1 year old ate an entire cucumber, skin and all, unsliced, in big bites, still warm from the garden.
Before my first CSA experience, 5 years ago, I had never eaten a beet. The only beets I knew were the cold, slimy, pickled ones that my mom ate off of salad bars at restaurants. No thank you. As a matter of truth, I didn't exactly enjoy beets, or kale, until last summer. Now they are two of my favorite items to get in our CSA box. Really!
Why am I telling you all this? Well, last week Rebekah, of Sweet Elder, wrote and asked me to tell her a bit more about my experience about CSAs. One of her concerns was what to do about the veggies that she might get that her family would not eat. I got to thinking that other people might have similar questions if they are new to CSAs. Here are a few of the things I shared with her in response to that concern: