CSA in May

It’s community-supported agriculture time again! I’m glad to see more farms and more folks participating. I know that money is tight for many people right now, but investing in local growers pays off in the long run. Please consider it. You’ll also get sustainably produced vegetables with flavor that will lure even those who run from green things.

It’s too late to sign up for most CSA farms – they typically offer shares in January or February for the vegetables you’ll receive through the growing season. But the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association has a good list of local farms, farmers markets and CSA opportunities.

And the lettuce I received this week tastes like nothing I can find at a megamarket. It’s the sweetness and delicacy of spring, and it lasts so short a time. The ruffled leaves taste like rain, to me – the refreshing kind of spring rain on new grass. With a lively crunch that makes eating a salad for lunch feel not at all like the deprivation of dieting.

To come: Greens and spinach. Olive oil and garlic. Couldn’t be easier.

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