Krissy and I, along with some members of our apartment community, have joined a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The idea behind CSA is to allow people the chance to “buy in” to a local farm and regularly receive whatever produce is currently in season. I had been looking around in LA for a CSA for a while, but hadn’t heard of anything local to the Pasadena area until a neighbor recently let me know about a Los Angeles-wide program that was beginning a Pasadena dropoff. Our specific CSA is run through the South Central Farmers Cooperative. In their words, a CSA is:
“the relationship between a local farm/farmer and those that eat the food they produce. Most consumers not only are unaware of where their food comes from, but who is growing it and how it is produced. The CSA seeks to end our disconnection from the farmer and the land that sustains us. Joining a CSA helps to continue the ancient practices of land stewardship, while at the same time supporting local farmers. By becoming a member of a CSA, you are committing to sustain a local farm and a sustainable food system.”
We got our first box of produce on Sunday, and had a great time going through it and trying to identify all the different kinds of produce that we received. With the help of our neighbors, I think we have everything figured out – and now we just need to figure out how to cook it all! So far we (and when I say “we”, I mean “Krissy”) have made a peanut sauce with beet leaves and a jalapeño that we ate over rice, and yesterday we had beet potato soup (Dwight Schrute would have been proud). It was the weirdest colored soup I’ve ever eaten, but it tasted great.
We’re looking forward to exploring the options that eating fresh, local, and seasonal provide us. If you’re interested in checking out more information about the CSA in Los Angeles, check it out here.