Yippee! I am finally a CSA member again. I was so disppointed to find out that Potomac Vegetable Farms doesn’t deliver their fall share to DC residents. But, luckily Rex found out about another CSA – Licking Creek Bend Farm – from a work colleague. The Licking Creek Bend Farm CSA was able to squeeze us (and our friends John and Greg) into the fall share. So for the next 9 weeks we’ll each be getting a fabulous box of lovely fall produce.
Today was the first week. I met Greg at 18th St & Columbia Rd to pick up our boxes. We found Michael Tabor, one of the farmers’, gave him our checks, and walked away with a lovely mixture of colorful produce. Here’s what was in our box:
- 1 quart of purple and green beans
- 5-7 hot peppers, various colors
- 3-5 sweet peppers, various colors
- 1 medium head of bok choy
- 1 medium bunch of collard greens
- 1 large butternut squash
- 3-4 potatoes
- 1 bunch of radishes
- 4 tiny bosc pears
- 2 red delicious apples
- 2 golden delicious apples
- 1 bunch of green kolrahbi
Greg and I decided to do some additional shopping at the 3 vendor Adams Morgan Farmers’ Market. I was so shocked at the prices. Only $1.29/lb for local apples, sustainably grown (versus the $2.49/lb I paid last week at the Dupont Circle FRESHFarms Market) at Licking Creek Bend Farm’s produce stand. I spoke with Michael Tabor a bit to discover that a lot of his customers are WIC and SNAP food benefit recipients. He took me behind the cashier area and held up a box, full of WIC and SNAP vouchers. For fabulous produce at such low prices, you really can’t beat it.
So, to get Rex and I through the week – I picked up a few more apples (perhaps I’ll make an apple crisp or other dish) and some sweet snap peas (fabulous lunch snack).
More later on what I do with my CSA week 1 bounty…