This is our eat-local dinner from last night.
Butternut Squash (Eatwell Farm) roasted with salt, pepper, brown sugar and a dab of olive oil.
Scarlet Runner Beans (Rancho Gordo) sauteed with shallot, spinach, and tomato (Eatwell Farm)
Yes, you just read that right ... I had a local, organic, non hot-housed tomato in November. Eatwell Farm is still providing a few in their CSA boxes. The one I used last night in the spinach was delicious.
I finally joined Eatwell Farms' CSA program. For years, I had gone back and forth about a CSA, feeling as though I still wanted to be able to go to farmers' markets and choose my own produce. The main reasons I decided to join are:
1) price. I believe we are going to spend less money on the CSA box than we usually do for our produce. We pre-purchased 13 weeks of the basket and are spending $19.50 a week.
2) convenience. My real epiphany came about a month ago when I was struggling to carry home several bags of food from the farmers' market. It is a lot to purchase all the produce for a high veggie-eating household at the farmers' market on any given weekend. This way, I am hoping that I will still go to the market and be able to focus on purchasing specialty items instead of all the basics.
3) support of the farm and the CSA concept. Of all the farms that are out there, I have the closest personal connection with Eatwell Farm, and I know that the CSA program is a great way to be a consistent supporter of any farm's work. While farmers love and are thrilled with support at a farmers' market, dollars received as a part of a CSA subscription have additional value in that they are dollars that are pre-paid, consistent and can be counted on when the farm is making plans upgrades or large purchases.
I will keep you apprised of how I do on the CSA program, and let you know what I am receiving in my box. If you would like to read more about local CSA programs, you can read my wrap-up which was written for Bay Area Bites.
My most recent post for Bay Area Bites was posted today entitled "Noshing through West Marin County". You can always check the most recent posts I have done by checking column to the right of this post entitled "I write for KQED's Bay Area Bites".