Farm in a box

by Lesley on October 4, 2009 · 4 comments

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It’s been two years since I read Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Vegetable Miracle. In the last two years, we’ve made some steps to implement Kingsolver’s ideas around eating locally and in-season. For the third season we planted a garden (and, for the second season FAILED on almost all attempts to keep it alive and producing). Apparently, a busy work and Bar schedule are not conducive to weeding and harvesting and watering. Whoops. While I love visiting our farmer’s markets, it’s difficult during the workday to get out and shop, and Sunday mornings we’re always at church. I found myself settling for Trader Joe’s produce, which any TJ’s shopper will tell you is often mushy and quickly rots.

I’ve always thought a farm box could be the solution to purchasing local, delicious, seasonal food BUT the research I did several years back made it seem too cost prohibitive. During a work event in July, I found a local farm that offered neighborhood deliveries for a decent price. Full Belly Farm costs $17 per week for a large box of produce delivered just 7 blocks from our house.

We started our membership about a month ago and have really enjoyed the experience so far. ¬†On Wednesdays after work we swing by, check our name off a list, and take home a big surprise box of food. Depending on the week, we’ve received: garlic, onions, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, green beans, cantaloupe, watermelon, corn, radishes, peppers, basil, arugula, grapes, squash and peaches. I love pulling up various recipe sites, typing in the food we’ve just had delivered, and finding recipes that use all our fresh ingredients. Check out this Green Beans Braised with Tomatoes and Basil recipe (and hurry, cause tomatoes and green beans won’t be around much longer!)

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Paige
Paige

We had a CSA membership for almost 2 years, and I loved it. The only reason I canceled it was we moved out of town! I really came to depend on it... I am struggling now when I go grocery shopping, because I forgot how to shop for produce! Hopefully we will get our new garden up and going soon!

Ink & Button
Ink & Button

How lovely! I have always been interested in farm boxes - I love that you are trying it! :-) A friend of mine and Derren's turned us on to a new favorite cookbook called Simply in Season (she got her's at 10,000 villages, but I ordered ours from Amazon). I think it might be right up your alley. It has great recipes and is organized by season. We made a ginger butternut squash soup this weekend that was our favorite yet. PS: I miss you.

Alysun
Alysun

Looks delicious. I LOVE fresh produce in the summer too. It is hard to keep up, I know because every September my garden looks more like a weed patch. But I do manage to get the essentials from it (zucchini and tomatoes and herbs) and get the rest from our amazing farmer's market.

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