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A bit more about our CSAs

October 30, 2010

As I mentioned before, we are doing 2 different CSA’s this winter. 

The first is produce from Bountiful Blessings Farm – . They specialize in winter CSAs, which not many other farms around here venture into, much less specialize in. Last week we got a bonus starter delivery, but are very much looking forward to the full delivery we will be getting this week. Here is the list of what we can expect this winter:

“Staple” Produce:

Carrots, lettuce (heads and/or baby), spinach, Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, & cooking greens (mainly kale, collards, & Swiss chard)

Others produce included in lesser amounts:

Brassicas – Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, kohlrabi, etc.

Alliums – scallions, bulb onions, leeks, garlic

Root crops – beets, turnips, rutabagas, parsnips, radishes

“European” greens – arugula, escarole, endive, radicchio, fennel, sorrel, mache, claytonia, minutina, etc.

“Asian” greens – bok choi, tatsoi, mizuna, Chinese cabbage, komatsuna

Herbs – parsley, sage, cilantro, dill, rosemary, oregano, etc.

Plus some that don’t fit into categories – like celery and celeriac, etc.

YUM! Can’t wait. I will admit there are a few of these veggies that I have never worked with. I blame my mom (in a very very good way) for not making me suffer through meals of brussels sprouts as a kid, but I am determined to find a way to make them delicious and break all stereotypes. Until our bonus delivery I had also never dealt with collard greens, but man were they good! More on that soon.

The other CSA we are participating in is meat products from Peaceful Pastures – These deliveries are once a month, and each delivery is a combination of chicken, beef, lamb, pork and goat. All free range, grass fed – and sure to be delicious! I’ve heard that cooking with grass fed, free range meat requires some practice, as it cooks much quicker than factory raised and corn fed meat. So ready for the challenge though! Each monthly delivery is 20-22 lbs of meat already prepackaged and frozen for you.  And as an added bonus – they make bath products with (I assume) the animal by-products – so to all my dear friends and family, expect some soapy stocking stuffers!

This website is a great list of all the farms that offer CSA’s in the Middle Tennessee area – check it out! Nashville CSA.  Any suggestions for farms we should look into for the summer?

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