Thursday, June 11, 2009

My CSA Can Beat up Your CSA

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 2:11 PM

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It's that time of year again...the beginning of CSA season. Or as we call it around our household, "The Mountain of Kale." Who has the best CSA is a subject of debate that was probably unimaginable to most Nashvillians five years ago. Now it's a frequent cocktail topic amongst urban and urbane residents.

Many factors contribute to the argument. Some people prefer the variety and dependability of the larger, more popular groups. Others view that as a sell-out, contending that you might as well just buy a frozen roll of corporate deathburger from a warehouse store as be a member of a "collective" with hundreds of members.

Sure, everybody's happy when the availability of summer succulents brings a haul of heirloom tomatoes and multiple varieties of tubers, but there are pronounced differences among CSAs early in the growing season when some June baskets of greens and turnips look like a day's rations for Ivan Denisovich.

These are the times that bring out your creativity and send you scrambling to your Enchanted Broccoli Forest cookbook. How are you handling it, Bitesters? Are you happy with your CSA or do you wish you could just start picking up your shares when "the corn is as high as your eye on the Fourth of July?"

Pardon me while I rinse the dirt off of a 55-gallon drum of collards.

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