I have always wanted to participate in a CSA, but in the past I traveled often and did not think I could eat all of the vegetables I would receive. Now that Justin and I are living together in Arlington, I decided to shop around for a CSA and participate by purchasing a half-share of vegetables each week.
Several CSAs in the Arlington area were already completely full by the time I started looking (early May), so our veggies have to travel a little further to get here from Pennsylvania. They come from the Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, which gathers fresh foods from the local Amish farmers and delivers them to us!
Here's our first batch:
For our first pickup last week, here's the list they sent me the morning of my pickup:
1 Pint Strawberries - Certified Organic - Liberty Acres
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1 Bunch Baby Scarlet Turnips - Certified Organic - Outback Farm
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1 Bag Loose Sparkler Radishes - Certified Organic - Maple Lawn Organics
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1 Bunch Red Kale - Certified Organic - Maple Lawn Organics
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1 Bunch Collards - Certified Organic - Coyote Run Organics
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1 Package Portobello Caps - Certified Organic - Mother Earth Organics
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1 Bunch Fresh White Pearl Onions - Certified Organic - Liberty Branch Farm
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There were a few items in there that I had to learn how to cook (Kale, Collards, and Radishes), but all in all I would say it was a successful week.
The second batch we picked up this week was more familiar and a lot easier for me:
1 Bunch Asparagus - Certified Organic - Farmdale Organics OR Lancaster Farmacy
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1 Bag Snow Peas - Certified Organic - White Swan Acres
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1 Bunch Garlic Scapes - Certified Organic - Coyote Run Organics
Store unwashed garlic scapes in a loosely wrapped plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
1 Head Broccoli - Certified Organic - Farmdale Organics
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1 Head Red Leaf Lettuce - Certified Organic - Railroad Organics
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1 Bag Mini Bok Choy - Certified Organic - Riverview Organics
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update: Karen over at The Art of Doing Stuff must be reading my mind...