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Friday Favorites: California Fresh!

May 21, 2010

I ask you, is there anything better than California produce? No, I daresay, there is not. We are so blessed to HAVE IT ALL out here! And I know that of which I speak – I lived on the East Coast where they pass off green golfballs as peaches, and have no idea what to do with an artichoke!

One of the ways my family takes advantage of our local goodness is by our membership in a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). We’ve tried others, but Eating With the Seasons is by far our favorite. Each week we are sent a list of 20-30 items to choose from. We pick 6 (you can go up to 8 or 12, depending on the size of your share) and they drop it off once a week at a local pick up site, usually right in your neighborhood. Some CSA’s offer fruit (ours does), others offer veggies only. Some give you choices, others you just get a “share” each week with whatever is fresh. All of it is grown locally and organically. Many CSA’s also offer free range and organic meats, honey, canned products like jams and preserves, fresh eggs and so much more.

I warn you – you’ll never buy berries from the grocery store again! We go through two cartons a week from April through October. This week we’re getting artichokes, again. Wahoo! Already this season we’ve enjoyed asparagus, fresh dill and other herbs, fabulous greens…and the blueberries are coming!

I’ve done the kitchen-garden thing, really I have. I may yet put in a few plants of our own, but this busy working mama likes to spend her weekends tending her flowers and her kids, not pulling weeds and finding homes for 10,000 tomatoes, squash and cukes (I ALWAYS overplant…)

Having a bag delivered each week to a home in our neighborhood is MUCH easier (and a lot less dirt under the fingernails).

Here’s some other ways to get your fresh fruit on this summer!

How to Shop A Farmer’s Market

Moms on a Mission: Shop, Share and Save

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 21, 2010 5:38 pm

    >YUM! YUM! Nothing like fresh fruits and veggies!The plan you have with the CSA sounds fantastic! What a great idea!So do tell, what all do you do with your artichokes?

  2. May 21, 2010 6:39 pm

    >Steamed until tender and then served with garlic mayo! YUM!

  3. May 22, 2010 2:51 am

    >Really? Ten thousand?I started a veggie garden this year. Not so great. Carrot seeds didn't seed, onions only grew up, and we will see about the rest.

  4. May 22, 2010 10:23 pm

    >I need to look into this, because the produce I see isn't all that great at the grocery store!

  5. June 1, 2010 5:23 pm

    >Sigh, that is one of the things we miss most about CA! We love the East Coast, but the fresh food is just not the same.


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