AUTHOR: Julia TITLE: Farm Share Tuesday DATE: 8/06/2008 01:05:00 PM ----- BODY:
Friends Dina and Rena share a CSA subscription.

CSA, (or Community Supported Agriculture) is a way for community-at-large to create a relationship with a farm. By buying a subscription, people make a financial commitment to a farm, and become "members" (or "shareholders," or "subscribers") of the CSA. In return the farm gives the shareholders a weekly box of the freshest produce available. The farmer receives payment for the season up-front, which gives him/her financially stability before the crops come in, allowing the farmer to focus on the land.

Part of the fun of a CSA is experimenting with new vegetables. Unlike shopping at a farmers’ market or supermarket, the CSA subscriber has little say in what will be delivered each week, being beholden to the weather and the whim of what the farmer planted. Though to be fair, if the farmer wants to maintain a solid relationship with the subscribers, he will incorporate mostly familiar and desirable items.

Dina and Rena embrace the mystery. Each week they send out an invitation:

Any chance you can come for farm share dinner on Tuesday? We can't tell you what you'll be eating, but you know that it'll be fresh....(this past week we got a free slug with our bok choy!). Usually we tell people to come around 7pmish, although we can't guarantee that we won't put you to work just a bit.

This week’s bounty was unusually diverse and included lots of tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, sweet onions, lettuces and cucumbers. And it manifested itself into:

Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri, Slow Roasted Tomatoes and Grilled Onions

Grilled Zucchini wrapped around Fresh Ricotta, and topped with sweet tomatoes and basil

Slow Roasted Beets with Sherry Vinegar
Green Salad with Sliced Almonds, Olive Oil and Sherry Vinegar

French Lentils with Carrots and Onions

Thank you, Dina and Rena for sharing your culinary talent and gracious hospitality!

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