I'm not big on New Years resolutions but my husband, Rahm and I both agreed that we would like to make an effort to eat locally and seasonally this year. To aid us in sticking to that "resolution", we reinstated our subscription to EatWell Farm's CSA. Eatwell is a 65-acre organic farm located in Dixon, CA in the Sacramento Valley - they've been farming there since 1993.
Thanks to northern California's mild climate, the growing season lasts year-round here so it is totally feasible to begin a venture like this in the middle of the winter! We are now signed up to receive a box of locally-grown, organic produce once every two weeks (we had felt a bit overwhelmed by the sheer volume of produce when we were receiving a box each week and figured this would be a more manageable amount for us.)
Yesterday, I picked up our first box on the sunporch of a little Berkeley bungalow located a few blocks from our house. Here is a pic of the wintertime bounty - not too shabby, eh?
The box also contained the adorable Eatwell Farm newsletter which may actually be my favorite part.
I just love their updates from the farm. Nigel and the rest of the crew at Eatwell are just so committed to farming, to treating the land well, and to producing delicious, healthy food and it shows in every line of their newsletter and in their blog (also one of my favorites - you can view it at: http://www.eatwellfarm.typepad.com/), not to mention in every bit of the food we receive. What luck to find a farmer who also happens to be a good writer and communicator!
No doubt that some of these veggies will require us to get a little more creative in our cooking than we normally would be. I figure this will be a good challenge for us/me.
Keep an eye out for upcoming Eatwell Farm-inspired recipes -- I will try to post roughly one a week.