The CSA Blog

Basil: Pesto, Love & Scorpions

Nothing heralds summer like basil, one of the most aromatic and evocative of herbs. Its floral, slightly spicy fragrance instantly brings to mind classic Italian dishes such as pesto, caprese salads, and pasta, but for me, I love it in a very different way—as a salad...

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Looking for Work? Food? Try Good Food Jobs!

If you’re reading this blog, you likely know that food-related jobs today are no longer confined to restaurants, food production, food service, farms, and farmers markets. They’re found in school gardens, college food studies programs, meal delivery businesses like...

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Awakening with Asparagus

Few vegetables represent spring as definitively as asparagus, with its tender shoots poking out of the moist, dark earth to meet the warm sun and lengthening days. This perennial garden favorite is a member of the lily family, one that is harvested in an all-too-brief...

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Organizations Investing in Food as Medicine

It was Hippocrates who long ago declared, “Let medicine be thy food and let food be thy medicine.” Today, the idea of food as medicine is the foundation of health initiatives being developed collaboratively by hospitals, health organizations, local health departments,...

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8 Great Gifts for Good Eating

Whether you've already begun your holiday shopping and have it under control, or haven't even begun to think about the whole gift thing yet, one thing is certain—food is almost always bound to be popular. But consider alternatives to the usual high-calorie sweets and...

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Our First-Ever Contest Giveaway!

Now that the holidays are fast approaching, it's time to embark on something new—our first contest giveaways! What the Contest Is: Every week from mid-November through mid-December, we'll be running week-long contest to give away adorable jewelry by a Washington State...

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The Revelation of Flavor

On my recent trip to Europe, I read an intriguing book called The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor, by Mark Schatzker. I have been a fan of Schatzker ever since I read his first book, Steak: One Man’s Search for the Tastiest Piece of Beef,...

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A Book By Its Cover: The Art of Mary Woodin

Thanks to a most pleasing set of circumstances, I recently found myself staying in a tiny English village called Little Chesterford, not far from the venerable Cambridge and about an hour north of London. My extended time there allowed for a bit of spontaneous travel,...

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The Great Pumpkin

In the United States, millions of pumpkins are carved every autumn into fanciful jack-o’-lanterns, their flesh baked to make pumpkin pie, and their seeds roasted as a seasonal snack. Post-Halloweeners that didn’t sell get sent to feed livestock. In Europe, Latin...

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Keeping Markets Honest—A Guest Post

Do you take for granted that the produce you buy at your local farmers market is grown by the people selling it, or have you ever had some doubts? The Tampa Bay (Florida) Times recently ran a “Farm to Fable” series looking into food fraud at local farmers markets as...

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Making Vegetables Attractive to Children

Do you have young, fussy eaters (or older adult ones) in the house who won’t eat their vegetables? Won’t even look at them? Do they make faces at the mere mention of broccoli, asparagus, or spinach? Most of us have childhood memories of certain foods that our parents...

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Beans, Beans, Beans—The Magical Fruit …

... the more you eat, the more you toot. Nursery rhymes and rude jokes aside, shell beans, or “shellies” as they are known in old-time southern lingo, are one of the loveliest vegetables around. The term “shell beans” refers to bean varieties with mature, fat seeds...

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Have You Signed Up for a CSA Share Yet?

We love sharing stories and photos from CSA (community-supported agriculture) farms across the country, but we know that CSAs are not for everyone. A CSA share is probably not a good fit for you if you don’t have time to cook, don’t enjoy cooking, or are a serious...

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An Inconvenient Truth: Immigrant Farmworkers

This is one of nearly a hundred essays from my cookbook, Bounty from the Box, that shed light on the many issues in our food landscape. — Mi Ae _______________ It’s a cold, hard fact that much of America’s agricultural prosperity and food systems are...

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A Bounty-ful Holiday Menu!

Many of us have menus and recipes that we rely on for holiday meals or parties year after year. And yet, with the abundance of winter produce available at this time of year, it’s a great time to try a few new recipes, too. With that in mind, I asked Lisa Gordanier,...

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Connect with a Farmer: Take a Farm Tour

One reason that families join CSAs is to have a connection with the farmer who grows their food, and the farm where it comes from. How they connect with that farm varies a lot, and it may or may not include on-farm pickup of CSA shares, volunteer workdays, member...

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A Small Plea

Today is October 13, and it marks the first day that Bounty from the Box is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other major well-known outlets through which consumers commonly buy books. In many ways, it is a watershed day—what is known in book publicity...

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Bounty from the Box Is Almost Here!

Whew. It's been a long row to hoe, so to speak. Four years ago, when inventory of my first cookbook started to dwindle, I began to dream of a new book. A bigger, better cookbook with more crops, more recipes, and more importantly, one that featured CSA farms from all...

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Adapting to Drought

By now, you’ve probably seen the stories about drought in California—four years and counting, its prospect of power brownouts this summer, and “water wars” in which almond and walnut growers are blamed for drilling deep wells that leave nearby residents without water....

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Get Cooking with Winter Produce!

Year-round gardeners, food co-op shoppers, and CSA members with a winter share know that there is often way more produce available in the middle of winter in cold climates than we used to see—and it's not all being shipped long distances from Arizona, California,...

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Favas and Figs in San Francisco

In my childhood years in the San Francisco Bay Area in the ‘70s and ‘80s, my parents and I would drive by a little farm stand near our house almost every day. In the summer, it would be practically overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables—and cars kicking up dust...

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Strawberries! Strawberries! Strawberries!

Depending on where you are in the Northern Hemisphere, strawberry season is either cresting or ebbing. For many people, strawberry season is an all-too-brief opportunity to gorge on a fruit that embodies the very taste of early summer. Strawberries are cultivated...

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Meet our New Website, Bounty from the Box

As we’ve been saying for the last few months, Bounty from the Box  is your soon-to-be-published guide to enjoying over the bounty commonly grown by community-supported agriculture (CSA) farms across the United States. However, as they say on late night TV, “But wait!...

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Why Buy Your Food Through a CSA?

So now that we've established the start of a definition of a CSA, why are they important? Simply, CSAs allow regular non-farmers to participate in the production of the food they eat. Usually, that participation comes in the form of an annual membership fee to a CSA...

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Where Did CSAs Come From?

Even though the CSA practices business in ways that feel old and traditional, their story and history is thoroughly modern. Various CSA models arose in several parts of the world in the latter part of the 20th century in response to rising concerns about food safety...

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What Is a CSA?

What is a CSA indeed? The term CSA gets bandied about with increasing frequency and as the movement continues to grow, some people get left behind. That acronym, those three letters, are assumed to be self-evident it seems, but many people have questions. As a case in...

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