Who can argue with the idea of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) — a project through which people purchase shares in local farmers, and in return receive weekly boxes, bags or baskets of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season?
Responding to an “06880” story about a similar effort involving area restaurants, one reader wrote:
Unfortunately, we do not get to choose what we get in our shares as the restaurants do. I have had more than my share of collard greens and kale, to say nothing of garlic. I would have liked to have seen more beans and carrots for example.
One week I got four carrots, not even one inch long that someone actually put a rubber band around! We got one week of white beans and that was it. I don’t know that I will buy a share next year.
Three Westport families take a less grumpy view.
Recently, they got together at Peter Propp and Suzanne Sherman’s house to enjoy what Anne Hardy calls “the weekly and bountiful CSA box.”
Each family brought the food they’d received. They dumped it on the counter, then started prepping and cooking.
The goal was to try to use all of it, in one way or another. They nearly succeeded, leaving only a few ears of corn, a couple of onions and a small bag of cherry tomatoes.
Peter masterminded what was dubbed “Group CSA Top Chef Dinner.” His CSA chicken dish — cooked according to a 15-year-old recipe from Joan Baez’s tour manager — was a special hit.
“It took the boredom of prepping vegetables — something you have to love with this box scheme — out of the equation,” Anne reported.
“And it was fun!”