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CSA 2013 Vol. 10

CSA Goes On

Summer vacation is over, September is officially here and school has started for most… but that is no reason to pack up the BBQ!  There are many more warm nights and delicious meals to look forward to with fresh prime LOCAL veggies and meat and all the fixins from our local partners!  We at Riverbend Gardens are experts at squeezing the goodness from summer for as long as we can.  So even though your regular routine has resumed, CSA goes on for another 7 weeks including this week.  That’s a lot of happy yet to come!

What’s in the Bag?

Family size:

  • potatoes
  • carrots
  • cabbage
  • corn
  • onion
  • kale

Couple size:

  • potatoes
  • carrots
  • cabbage
  • corn
  • kale

CSA Customer Spotlight: Meghan “Fox”

We were pretty happy to see celebrity Meghan Fox signed up for CSA…. wait… anyway, close enough!  If you meet Meghan, you will feel like you just met someone famous yet down-to-earth!  Thanks Meghan for being in the spotlight this week! Meghan trying to decide what to make… Beans with pesto sauce, yum! Healthy snack of carrots with hummus & tzatziki (great for school) or potatoes – pan fried and topped with salsa and cheese. All extras are found at the market. Support local!!! Tell us about yourself! Well hello everyone! I’m Meghan, I grew up in small town Southern Alberta, with a big family (7 of us) on a farm. I now live in Riverbend, by myself, with one crazy cat I am fostering for a friend for a few months. I work as an Instructional Coach with a school division in the area, so I am just recently back at work. Hard to believe summer is over!!! :(
Are you receiving the family or couples size CSA?
I receive the couples size CSA
What led you to sign up for a CSA subscription?
Having grown up on a farm, with our own garden, and small towns with locally grown produce, I realized very quickly how much I missed the taste of ‘real’ food while shopping at the large chain grocery stores. It was not long before I was frequenting the farmer’s markets around the city and enjoying locally grown food again. The CSA seemed like a great way to support local, have things brought close to me mid-week and try something different! I also live in a small apartment so growing my own garden is not an option, so this is great!
What has been your favourite aspect of CSA?
The fact that I am supporting a local farm means a great deal, I know first hand how hard it is to sustain living on a farm so I do all I can to support things like this. I also love I get fresh veggies every week and have tried things I would never have bought before!
Do you have a favourite recipe or meal-memory using your CSA bounty?
I took my bounty home to my parents when I went to visit and my mom was so excited, and loved the idea! We made an amazing roast beef dinner (our own beef), all veggies from the CSA – steamed beans ‘n beets and new potatoes for the gravy (and yorkshire pudding!). It was my birthday dinner and it was perfect! Home cooked goodness!  I also modified a roasted root vegetable recipe. I tossed quartered potatoes, carrot chunks, cubed kolrhabi, sliced fennel and onion in olive oil, pepper, garlic, and sea salt and baked for 45 minutes. Soooo good!!!! Anything else about your story that you would like to add?   I am so pleased to have done this. It’s made me think even more about what I eat, and given me the opportunity to try some new stuff!!! I just want to say Thank you! From a displaced farm girl… You can take the girl out of the country, etc etc Meghan, we love your story and are truly honoured by your appreciation and support for local food!  We couldn’t do what we do without awesome people like you!  However, we aren’t sure about that roast beef dinner… you might have to “prove it” one of these days when you want to have our small family of 5 over… kidding!  But we would LOVE to see you any time at the farm!