Today we got our first CSA box from The Growing Experience. They just started their program and we are thrilled to be one of the 20 families to try it out this summer.
Why is this cheating? Well, we've been a loyal Tanaka Farms CSA family for a while now. Next week will be the first week we won't be getting a box from them in over 2 years! I feel kind of bad (hence the cheating blog title), but although we eat a lot of veggies...we don't need two CSA boxes. Especially now that our little garden is starting to yield quite a bit.
Wanna know what we got today? Ok! I'll share. Here's what our new weekly box looks like:
1 large bag of mixed green salad
1 garlic bulb
1 small head of purple cabbage
lots of little plums
bag of mixed cherry tomatoes
4 big beautiful heirloom tomatoes
1 huge heirloom beet that makes mine look like seedlings...
Lots of summer squash, including one as big as F's arm
Japanese cucumbers, including one as big as my arm
I ate this one right away with just a bit of sea salt and a crack of pepper. Oh how I love tomatoes!
This bowl of plums didn't stand a chance...
E claimed the ridiculously huge cucumber as her own.
Go here if you're interested in what a weekly Tanaka CSA box contains.
TGE's box isn't better or worse...just different. It's missing the huge sweet strawberries Tanaka usually has (E was upset to say the least), but it's got some gorgeous heirloom tomatoes that we'd never see in our Tanaka box. As far as local eating goes, this is basically my back yard. The farm is about 15 minutes from my house! Tanaka is local too, but more like an hour away.
I've come clean.
Tanaka my love, we're leaving you for something exciting, fresh, and new! We may come crawling back in the Fall, but we're giving TGE a try...at least for the summer.