Friday, July 12, 2013

My First CSA

Happy Frriiiidaaaay!  

I woke up with a little extra pep in my step this morning for two reasons.

#1 - I hit my 10% weight loss goal yesterday at my WW meeting.  I have just a few L-Bs left before I get to my pre-Ina weight.  I know this has taken me forever and a day, but I really don't care about how long it takes, as long as I am going in the correct direction

#2- I received my first CSA bounty of the season.

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Chard, zucchini, squash, pattypan squash, carrots, radishes, green beans, onion, cucumber, and basil.  

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All organic.  All grown a few miles down the road.  All for $22.50. 

Boo-freaking-ya.  

CSA stands for community supported agriculture.  You can read more about it here, but the short description is you give the farmer a chunk of change up front to financially support the farm, and then you reap the benefits throughout the harvest.

Consider my benefits reaped.

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Even better is the fact that our farmer works at my job.  No driving an extra 30 minutes to the farm, the farm comes to my desk at work.  

Even even better is the fact that I worked from home yesterday, so the farmer delivered this lovely box TO OUR HOUSE.    Bless her soul - she came inside, played with Ina, and talked with us about the farm, the veggies that we can expect in the future.  However, I think she went a little blurry eyed when Dan started talking about non-GMOs and Monsanto.  When Dan offered to come help her harvest the vegetables she probably thought, "What am I getting myself into?"  

Hahaha.  

I am so excited to put all of those farm-fresh, picked yesterday, veggies to good use.  On the dinner menu tonight: stuffed patty-pan squash with green beans.  Want to come over?

Another person I work with raises chickens and I started buying farm fresh eggs from him.

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The green ones are my favorite!  (In the above picture I am making "hard boiled" eggs in the oven.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes and you have enough HB eggs for the week!) 

I also have a chick-a-dee waiting in the freezer to be roasted.  

Why all of this farm fresh obsession?  Dan has a dream to one day live off the grid and completely rely on our farm / animals for our food.  Do we know one thing about farming or raising animals?  

No.  

I am just happy that I could pick some jalapeno and basil from our garden for our dinner last night -

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Spicy Thai Basil Beef (recipe here).

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Ina and I did our J and J workout yesterday -

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J and J workout = Jumperoo and Jillian.  We were both dying by the end.  

I hope you have a weekend full of fun with a little bit of relaxation added in! <3

4 comments:

  1. My husband wants to live off the grid someday too. I'm thinking that's not for me, but I would like to have some chickens someday soon. If you ever lose your hook-up, check out Fresh Connect. They deliver for free in the greater Kansas City area. We've been using them for a couple of years, especially since you can pick exactly what goes in you box.

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    1. I will have to look into that. Do they deliver in the Winter too?

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    2. Yep, year round. I've never tried veggies in the winter, but always get our meat from them in the winter.

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