Fun fact: On Wednesdays I help Vegetable Husband, a local CSA, by sharing the week’s harvest on their blog along with some recipes to help folks cook what’s in their baskets. It’s a fun, delicious way to stay in tune with what’s local and seasonal, and these transitional times of year are my favorite.
Right now, at least here in north Georgia, we’re in the thick of my favorite time of year for local veggies. Summer is winding down, but we’re not quite getting fall weather yet. It means our farmers are still harvesting some tomatoes and okra, but we’re also seeing the first of the leafy greens. We have kale, okra, tomatoes, and bok choy all in the same basket!
When I was writing the article this week for Vegetable Husband it got me thinking a lot about how out of tune we can be with our food supply, thanks to our industrial food system. Year round bananas! Tomatoes in the dead of winter! Kale in the middle of summer! I think that disconnect makes our food seem less special.
Of course, if I ate all local food there would never be a banana in my kitchen at all, but I think basing your diet around what’s local and seasonal is an easy way to stay in touch with nature and with the seasons. You start to get a feel for the ebb and flow of different kinds of crops, you know what I mean? From there, sure, add those bananas and splurge on that totally-out-of-season red peppers to round out a dish, but I think starting with what you can get locally is such a rewarding way to plan your meals.
Do you guys belong to a CSA? What’s in your baskets in the late summer/early fall? I feel like these transitional times are when we see the most variety, and I’d love to hear what you’re cooking with your CSA veggies!
photo by Becky Striepe