Today I want to share with you something that I absolutely love. For the last four weeks, I have received CSA boxes filled with organic fruits and vegetables. “What is CSA?” you may ask. Well, it’s the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) where local farmers fill a box with seasonal produce each week.
Each Sunday I picked up the box from a local church down the street from my house. The boxes were filled with such a variety of fruits and vegetables. One of the reasons I love these boxes is that it forces me to cook seasonally for the last month. It also re-introduced my love for juicing fruits and vegetables.
Since I did not know what would be in the box each week, it got my creative juices flowing in the kitchen. I also discovered a few new vegetables.
I had never tried an Armenian cucumber before, and I have to say they are delicious! Armenian cucumbers are a little sweeter than regular cucumbers and they look adorable with the ribbon edges.
- 1 Armenian cucumber, diced
- 2 heirloom tomatoes, diced
- ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- Mixed olive oil, balsamic vinegar and basil in a small bowl, set aside.
- Combine the diced cucumber and tomatoes in a bowl.
- Top with dressing and enjoy!
The great thing about CSA boxes is the produce is ultra-fresh because it does not have to travel thousands of miles to get to your local grocery store. Plus, it helps support local farmers and reduces our environmental footprint. The CSA boxes were a gift from our good friends, Brett and Beth, but I definitely plan on continuing the service.
Thanks to CSA boxes, I have a ton of wonderful recipes to share with you in the next few weeks!