Wouldn’t you love it if your special-somebody dropped-off a weekly gift at your house, in a cute package practically groaning under the weight of something too-good-to-be-true? That has long been my dream, and it has finally come to pass. Yeah, yeah…so it might cost $32-a-week, and you might think buying yourself presents is like buying friends. Yes, perhaps, but every Tuesday morning, I bolt out of bed and run down the stairwell. At my front door, I am greeted by my Farm-Fresh-to-You CSA box! My morning miracle!
“What in the hell is CSA?” my Grandpa Herschel recently asked me. Good question, Grandpa. CSA stands for community-supported agriculture. Members invest in a “share” of a local, organic farm. In return, they receive a regular home-delivery from the harvest that week. Summer means luscious tomatoes and squash…and winter might mean week-after-week of onions and potatoes. It lets you honor the nature’s cyclical, seasonal treasures.
With only a few hours before my love, Jason, left to visit his Grandma Abigail (what a marvelous name!) on a red-eye flight to Florida, he prepared a bright-and-satisfying farewell dinner with fab eats from Farm Fresh to You. The goods?
King Trumpet Mushrooms—-and, in fact, all edible fungi—-are rich with unami, the uniquely-savory “fifth taste.” (Like you learned in grade school, the other four are salty, sour, sweet, and bitter.)
Collard Greens are related to kale, with smooth, blue-green leaves. Chock-full of phytonutrients, collard greens and other cruciferous vegetables are powerful detoxifiers linked to cancer prevention.
Kabocha Squash, which we picked up at Rainbow Grocery, is a Japanese pumpkin with a creamy, sweet taste and firm bite. Orange-hued vegetables are rich with beta carotenes, which promote healthy vision and fight-off reproductive-system disorders.
He pan-seared the thin-sliced King Trumpets, slow-cooked the cubed Kabocha Squash, sauteed the Collard Greens in nutty Sesame Oil, and placed everything on a bed of perfectly-cooked Brown Rice. With a pinch of Sea Salt and Black Pepper, he served it up with a flourish. Yum.
My life has been especially blessed, with weekly gifts and a bomb boyfriend.