There is nothing like opening your first farm box of the season and figuring out what you’re going to cook with it.
This summer, we’re launching a photo series about the beautiful veggies received through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) memberships. We want to see photos of the produce you’ve received in your farm box each week. And they don’t necessarily have to be vegetable CSAs. Send us photos of your grains, milk and fresh eggs, too.
Here’s our first batch of photos in no particular order.
To start us off, our senior reporter Shelby Vittek shared this photo of her first box this season from Norwich Meadows Farm in Chenango County, New York. Look out for a new essay by Shelby coming out Sunday about how signing up for a CSA changed the way she looked at food and cooking.
Carol Pompoer sent in this photo of her share from Lynchburg Grows in Lynchburg, Virginia. Pompoer lives just down the street from the organic farm.
“When I moved here over six years ago, it was a bonus I happily discovered,” Pompoer writes. “Not only do they provide us every week with incredible, fresh produce, but they also hire people with disabilities.”
This photo is from Pompoer’s bounty on June 9, 2021: hakurei turnips, carrots, red ace beets, sugar snap peas, green onions and Nevada lettuce, all guarded by her cookie jar, Maxine. Pompoer planned to make a big salad with the produce for lunch, then cook up a stir fry with some of the vegetables for dinner.
Rachel Lyle shared this photo of her share from Rolling Prairie Farmers Alliance in Lawrence, Kansas. This cooperative was founded in 1994 by farmers who wanted to set up a CSA subscription service in the area. The group now serves more than 300 households signed up during the growing season.
Shatoiya De La Tour from Chimacum, Washington sent us this photo of her haul from her favorite local CSA—Resilience Rising. Its owner, Keith Kisler, is a fourth-generation grain farmer from Eastern Washington who moved to Western Washington to prove you could grow great organic grains in the cooler maritime climate. “And he did!” writes De La Tour, who received three pounds each of two varieties of flour, three pounds of spelt waffle mix and a pound of kernels for sprouting.
The CSA also includes information about the origin of the grains, their best uses and what grains subscribers can expect to receive next. Kisler not only grows the grain, but he has his own mill for grinding.
“We are a rural community with lots of great small organic farms,” De La Tour writes. “The addition of this grain source makes it feel even more sustainable. It has been a wonderful salve during the pandemic.”
If you want to show us your own share, please send a photo to [email protected] with some information about where you got it from. You can also post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #ShowUsYourShare for the chance to be included in the weeks ahead.