It’s hard to grow crops in the summer in Florida. Because of that, my CSA runs from October to May. I would get new food every two weeks, and the food would last two people eating vegetarian almost two weeks, give or take a few days. So that leaves me, for the first time since October, without produce.
The thought of having to go to the grocery store and buy all my food is daunting. I’m used to amazing and fresh produce being delivered to my door. I don’t have much say in what is delivered; I get it from the farm and make meals. Now I have an empty kitchen and blank mind for what to make. And after getting used to my picked-at-its-peak produce, the grocery store food seems so expensive and tasteless by comparison. (I think that is one reason I’m writing this blog and not shopping, like I should be.)
I know this sounds like a terrible thing to complain about, but it is something important to me I’ve grown accustomed to. Luckily, there is a summer CSA that will give me squash, greens, eggplant and melon. But that doesn’t start for six weeks. So until then, if you see me at Publix or Target, please help me figure out what food to make that week.
If you want more information on local produce in your area, I urge you to check out localharvest.org. It gives information about food stands, co-ops, CSAs, markets, restaurants, online stores and other resources. And CSAs are becoming a lot more flexible with deliveries, easy pickup spots, different size shares, shorter seasons and all kinds of things.
I started in the summer (a shorter season for my CSA) to see if it was right for me. And with my CSA you can drop out anytime if it doesn’t work out. Look at me, I’m hooked and lamenting the lack of produce in my life.
Where do you get most of your food?