Charm City Cook: Getting Your Share of Local Produce
But…when spring rolls around, it’s lots more fun. Sorta like payback for being a faithful market shopper. You see more familiar faces and you can tell what month it is based on what’s at the farmers’ booths. Here in Maryland, shortly we’ll start seeing asparagus, strawberries, peas, radishes, blueberries. Then later, squash, corn, tomatoes, melons and so much more in between. Cannot wait. I can taste the fresh peas now.
In the meantime, you can join a CSA, which stands for Community Supported Agriculture. That means you “buy in” now for a share of produce each week during the main growing season, supporting a local farm. I’ve written about my friends at One Straw Farm before – they do the CSA thing really well and I’ve been member with them for years. But, do your own research and choose whichever one seems best for you. You can find CSAs near you by searching on Local Harvest. Then, each week from June through November, you’ll get fresh local produce and you will know exactly where your food comes from – it doesn’t get any better or fresher than that.
Another option — if you have the time and space — is to plant a vegetable garden. Big or small, you will save money, get creative and learn a lot along the way. It’s the ultimate satisfaction: picking your food right when you’re going to eat it. Kinda like how I collect eggs from my hens and then cook them for breakfast. I love it!
Here are some of the things I’m looking forward to seeing at my local farmers market – how about you?