So we tried something new this year. We joined a CSA this past season. CSA stands for community supported agriculture. Basically you pay up front for the seasons harvest. This does a few things, 1 -it guarantees you some food. 2 – it guarantees the farmer a certain amount of sales and 3 – it supports local small farming operations. ( there are many many much more detailed and, probably, more correct explanations all over the interweb thing )The farm we chose is a USDA certified organic farm. That is kinda big deal as there are many , many hoops to jump thru to get the USDA certification. We went and did a farm tour and we liked the farmer and her operation so we signed up. What we were guaranteed was a part of the harvest every week. Whatever was in season, whatever was harvested, we received some of it. I think. We did receive vegetables every week, but some weeks we didn’t receive very much and other we received way too much of things that we didn’t want or like. We would receive a list in the email that said what was expected to be harvested and some weeks it matched up others, it looked like we were sent the wrong email! Either way it was always a nice surprise on Wednesdays when the box came. The worst thing about the program was having to clean everything when the box came. We couldn’t put it away dirty and the veggies were so fresh from the fields that there were often bugs and slugs mixed in, much to Lesley’s displeasure! Over all I would recommend a CSA to everyone. The veggies are as fresh as you can get them other than growing your own and your doing your part to support local farming. Remember, no farmers = no food!
We found out a few things about our own eating habits during this 26 week period. We found out we really really like the greens. Yup, the chard, the kale, the mustard and beet greens, we love em all! Before this neither Lesley or I would have even thought of trying them. But we realized quickly that the spring boxes were piled high with these so we tried a few recipes and we loved em. In fact we are still buying them from the farmers market or the grocery now and are excited for the spring to come for more fresh greens! We also liked the Pak Choy. The carrots were awesome! As were the green beans. The purple beans, which we received for over 7 weeks, were not so good. we ended up with about 2 large ziplock bags full that we tried to give away. The fresh garlic is outstanding and is much better than the store bought stuff. the potatoes were just amazing also. Lesley loved the eggplant, I didn’t care for it. The micro green were surprisingly awesome . I found out i liked radishes. We didn’t care for the beets or kohlrabi, but loved the broccoli rabe.
So with all that said, I thought it would be a fun idea to photograph the boxes every week. I started out being very disciplined and getting it done every week, but then work and life gets in the way sometimes. We couldn’t let the boxes sit as everything started to wilt right away ( and the bugs would crawl out of the box apparently! ) So if I wasn’t there to get the box right away or within a couple of hours I didn’t get to shoot it. Then we bought a house in the middle of this and that got in the way too. Then towards the end the boxes also started to lose their appeal to me, it was hard to get motivated to come up with a new way to shoot the same veggies. At first I looked forward to it as a visual and creative exercise, but after 10 weeks it grew a bit old. I really loved shooting the veggies but being in the new house and moving and having all my stuff all over , it all just got to me. But I did shoot 13 weeks worth, half of the program. Not bad. And I took some pretty great photos. So here is a roundup of the photos.