Here at Stonyfield, we’re extremely lucky to have the opportunity to be part of a CSA that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables right to our office. It doesn’t get much easier than that! Every Thursday, employees who purchase CSA shares from Middle Branch Farm, head out to the parking lot at around 4pm and find a vast array of ultra-fresh produce awaiting them.
What exactly is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)? From Local Harvest, “Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.” (check out their website for more helpful information: http://www.localharvest.org/csa/)
Not only do CSAs help farmers thrive, they reduce environmental impacts by decreasing the distance that food travels – and they enable you to be quite creative in the kitchen! Ever try kohlrabi? Did you know it’s fantastic when added to coleslaw? Sarah, our communications manager, discovered this last year after getting one in one of her weekly shares.
See the recipe Sarah used with her kohlrabi here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/creamy-cole-slaw-recipe/index.html
What new recipes have you made using produce from your CSA share or farmers’ market?