For about a month now I have been looking forward to my 1st year of participating in the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) produce program through Calvert Farm . I signed up for the Summer program that includes 20 weeks of fresh farm produce from their farm. The farm is located almost 2 hours away from me in Rising Sun, Maryland so luckily they have various produce pick up locations that are much closer to me. My location pick up is at Montgomery General Hospital located in Olney, MD which works out great since it is about 20 minutes from my work.
Basically, the CSA produce program works by asking for a particular fee prior to the beginning of the 20 weeks. That money goes towards investing in your food share for the summer. Then each week you go and pick up a box of “surprise” fresh produce from your particular location. It seems as though individuals that live closer to the farm can pick which items they would to have for the week. Since I am so far away from the farm that was not an option for me. I do not mind since I like the “surprise” and challenge of figuring out recipes to make with the items that were hand picked for me. Each week we should receive about 6-7 vegetable and/or fruit items that would cost around $20. Here is what I received for my first week! (more…)