It's no doubt that since I've discovered healthy eating blogs, I've totally broaden my horizon when it comes to healthy and fun foods. With the convenience of a Trader Joe's being right next to work (or at least where I use to work) and a new Earth Fare right around the corner, I've had ample opportunity to check out new foods.
Additionally, being close to the Davidson Farmers Market has opened my eyes to the wonders of eating locally. Not only is the produce comparable to grocery store prices, but it tastes better and stays fresher for longer than store bought produce. Plus, I'm supporting the local economy and cutting down on gas used to transport the food and all sorts of other stuff I've never gotten into about eating local.
Last year, I discovered Know Your Farms via A Healthy Slice of Life's blog. This "Community Supported Agriculture" program allows the community to purchase a "share" of the upcoming harvest from the multiple farms participating in the program. The result is the farms receive a sure-profit and the consumers (me!) get a weekly pick up of fresh goodies!
You can read more about the CSA program (and find the one closest to you) here- Local Harvest.
Tuesday is my pick up day so I eagerly waited in line for my bag of produce from the produce mobile.
Since I had to rush home to teach, I couldn't really explore my bag for a while. When I did finally dig in, I was pleasantly surprised!
Produce items included:
head of lettuce (HUGE!)
head of cabbage
and a brown bag surprise of....
really freaky looking mushrooms! Eeek! Anyone know what kind of mushrooms these are?
I chose to go with the "small" produce share, which costs $222 (it's a little cheaper for returning costumers). The total length of the program is 12 weeks, which comes to about $18.50/week. It may be a little pricier than what you could find it for in the store, but I'd rather support the local farms and eat a little fresher ;)
Do you have a program similar to this in your area? If so, do you participate?
Do you know what kind of freaky mushrooms those are?
Anyone who can answer this question gets bonus points: what meal can be made using all 6 of those ingredients?