I love my CSA (and why you should have one too)

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First of all, THANK YOU!!  I won the Reading Terminal Market’s Chef Challenge with my Braised Pork Belly Tartine and I could not have done it without you!  The email I received congratulating me said I won by a landslide!  Seriously, you guys are THE best!  I will definitely keep you posted about what I do with my $100 gift certificate prize at Reading Terminal Market.

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If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve probably seen a picture or two of the produce I get from my CSA, which stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  Every 2 weeks, I get a delivery from Luna Farm that I pick up at JG Domestic in Center City Philadelphia.  You know how excited little kids get right before they open up their presents at Christmas or during their birthday party? That’s how I feel when I find out what’s in my CSA for the week!  There are few things that make me happier than fresh, local produce.  Well that and finding exotic produce at the Vietnamese markets on Washington Ave like dragon fruit, lychees, and passion fruit.

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At the beginning of the season, I paid Luna Farm $280 to receive 12 shares, which is less than $25 per share.  The produce I have received thus far has been incredible!  I have learned so much about eating seasonally and have tasted several things I’ve never had before this year including garlic scapes, tomatillos, and husk cherries!  I have become so much more creative in the kitchen and love the unpredictability of what I’m going to receive every other week.  If you want to support your local farmers and community all while saving money and receiving delicious produce, you should definitely look into joining a CSA next season!

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Here’s a look into my CSA for the week.  I received the following:

  • 1 head of green summercrisp lettuce
  • 1 bunch thyme
  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 0.5 lb of arugula
  • 1 bunch of tuscan kale
  • 2 lbs zucchini
  • 7 field tomatoes
  • 10 orange sweet peppers
  • 9 chile peppers
  • 1 lb tomatillos
  • 1 pint of husk cherries
  • 1 bunch of golden beets

I ate about half of the arugula, a tomato, and some orange sweet peppers during the creation of this blog 🙂  Let me know if you have any questions about the ingredients and if you would like me to post about how to use a specific ingredient!

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Tomatillos

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Husk cherries – they’re like SUPER sweet cherry tomatoes