Posts tagged CSA
The Weekly Box That Changes Lives

I’m going through withdrawal… a fresh food withdrawal. Our last CSA delivery of the season from Dripping Springs Garden was last week.

From late May until mid-November, this weekly box of fresh food provides nutrition for my body and medicine for my soul. When I’m running from phone calls to meetings, and answering endless emails, I get lazy about food. I can easily fall into the habit of grabbing a pre-cooked burrito or making a peanut butter sandwich for lunch. But when I’ve just picked up my box of food from Dripping Springs, I am enticed into chopping vegetables and cooking a real meal, slowing me down at least once a day.

My weekly CSA box has also expanded my palate. Instead of eating my six or seven favorite vegetables

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Food Hubs

New terms sneak up on me all the time. One day I am laughing at the audacity of someone putting two or three unrelated words together, and the next thing I know those words are a phrase on everyone’s lips. 

“Food Hub” was like that. I believe I first heard the term less than two years ago, and now it is popping up with regularity. There is already a National Food Hub Collaboration, which includes the Wallace Center, the National Good Food Network, the National Association of Produce Market Managers, Project for Public Spaces, and the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. USDA-AMS even has a food hub page.

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I never liked vegetables.

I never ate my vegetables.  The vegetable products usually came from a can or from a freezer. And those poor vegetables were usually cooked for a long, long time.  Spinach, peas, carrots, string beans, greens, cauliflower, broccoli; all cooked beyond form, shape and taste.  I stared at them, and they stared (can vegetable stare?) at me.  Since I could not leave the table until my plate was clean, I was always the last family member at the dinner table.

Then I left home for college.  Different people, places, and food. A few vegetables made the A-List.
Raw spinach, lightly steamed broccoli, and green beans-yay!

Fast forward to today. I’ve been a member of a CSA (community supported agriculture) for several years.

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