Community Supported Agriculture boxes have become more familiar in the last few years, and it sounds like many of you subscribe seasonally or yearly to a farm share CSA. Subscribers pay a set amount to support a local farm, and in return they receive a weekly box of the farm's in-season produce.
This is a superb way to stay linked to local growers and to eat seasonally. The only down side, as some of you have noticed, is that you usually don't have any say over what you receive each week. This can lead to head-scratching dilemmas of what to do with that rutabaga, or the third head of cabbage.
Eating seasonally! It does involve some learning, doesn't it? Well, we want to help out a little and so we're starting a weekly feature looking at some piece of produce that is showing up in CSA boxes that week.
We need your help, though! Can you tell us what CSA you subscribe to? If they have a website with their weekly listings we'll check it to see what they're sending and what's in season for you, in your part of the country.
Also, feel free to email if there's something new and strange that shows up in your box and you'd like to share what you did with it, or ask a question about it. Email me at faith (at) apartmenttherapy.com
And if you're intrigued by this idea and want to try a CSA share for the first time, check out listings at LocalHarvest and The Farm Locator.
(Image credit: Future Casa CSA)