If there’s one thing I’ve learned while mixing cocktails, it’s that ingredients matter. Good quality spirits, fresh juices and other components really make a difference between a great drink and a meh one.
Imagine my surprise when I found out that the same thing applies to food!
After growing frustration at the poor quality of vegetables and fruits at the supermarket and the better-quality but higher priced material at the local farmer’s market, the Beloved and I decided to join a local Community Supported Agriculture farm.
What’s a CSA? Essentially you buy a “share” of a working farm and every week (or two depending on what you think you’ll eat) you pick up a box of whatever happens to be ready to be harvested.
I’m very excited because:
- we will get fresh, organic fruits and vegetables grown here and not shipped from various places across the country (or globe for that matter…)
- we will support local business
- we won’t have to get up early on Saturday's to go to the farmer’s market
- this will encourage me to try vegetables I normally wouldn’t (such as the eggplant that was already being cooked when I took the picture)
- I will be more like Janette.
We found ours through colleagues at work (scientists can be healthy!), but you can see if there’s one in your area if you’re interested here.
A win all around, though I have to say I’m stumped on coming up with a cocktail that uses kale.