One of my readers, Rachel, recommended today's Meatless Monday recipe on Ups and Downs of A Yoga Mom's Facebook Page.
Rachel wrote that her CSA suggested this recipe: Bake cooked lentils with rice, chopped kale, heaps of good curry, and coconut milk. Serve with pat of butter on top. How yummy and nutrient rich does that sound?
I need to buy some of those ingredients and prepare this today to see if it really is a delicious as I imagine it to be. Do you know what you are making for dinner tonight? You should try it too, and email me your thoughts or a photo.
This comment also brought me back to thinking about CSAs. I've considered joining a CSA for a few years now. What is a CSA you ask? According to Wikipedia it is:
Community-supported agriculture, a form of an alternative food network, (in Canada Community Shared Agriculture) (CSA) is a socio-economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farming operation where the growers and consumers share the risks and benefits of food production. CSAs usually consist of a system of weekly delivery or pick-up of vegetables and fruit, in a vegetable box scheme, and sometimes includes dairy products and meat.
Every year I look into a CSA and haven't moved forward with it for one of these reasons.
1. It is expensive.
2. I'm not sure which farm provides a fresh variety.
3. Will I be able to use all the vegetables before they either go bad or the next batch arrives?
4. It seems most CSAs are all vegetables. My family eats a ton of fruit, which I would enjoy and definitely use.
Now I turn to you. What information can you share with me about CSAs? Have you had a positive or negative experience?
Of course I would love to support local farmers and provide my family the best produce possible.
I hope your Meatless Monday sets the tone for your entire week ahead.