For the last year or so, Alivia and I have been somewhat regularly getting community supported agriculture (CSA) boxes from the South Central Farmers’ Cooperative. Here is this week’s bounty:

I really enjoy getting the CSA boxes for a variety of reasons. First, the quality of the produce tends to be fantastic. Everything is organically grown, and most of it is grown in LA (the coop’s original farm is at 41st and Alameda in South Central). I like the idea of supporting urban farming. Also, at $20 for a box, it tends to be a great deal.

Getting the CSA box does present some challenges though. The boxes tend to contain a lot of fresh vegetables for two people to eat in just one week. So when we get a box, we have to do a little bit of strategizing to avoid spoilage. Also, we don’t get to choose what vegetables come in the boxes–they contain whatever produce is ready for harvest. Especially when we first started getting the boxes, I was unfamiliar with some of the vegetables and had to do so research to figure out how to cook them. For the most part, I’ve really enjoyed experimenting with the novel produce. The CSA introduced me to kohlrabi which has become one of my favorite vegetables.

This week’s box contained:

  • 2 heads of Romain lettuce
  • 2 avocados
  • 3 oranges
  • green onions
  • swiss chard
  • radishes
  • kohlrabi
  • cilantro
  • parsley
  • green cabbage
  • beets
  • arugula

Hopefully Alivia and I will manage to eat it all before it spoils!

Will Rosenbaum

Saarbrücken, Germany

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