LocalHarvest Newsletter, February 23, 2010

Welcome back to the LocalHarvest newsletter.

This is the time. Hundreds of thousands of people all over the country are signing up for a CSA. Visions of tender new potatoes, taut, warm melons, and tomatoes, always tomatoes dance in their heads. Many – most – will end the season deliciously satisfied. Some, though, will not be pleased with their CSA experience. This month's newsletter is devoted to maximizing your chances of finding yourself among the sated and contented.

Know Thyself
Utterly fantastic idea though it is, community supported agriculture is not for everyone. Deciding whether or not CSA is for you requires a healthy dose of self knowledge. Some of us confuse how we are with how we would like to be. Not that there's no room for movement, but if you truly do not like vegetables, signing up to receive five to 20 pounds of them a week is probably not going to go well. When considering whether or not to join a CSA, there are a few questions that you might ask yourself. Be sure to answer for yourself and the people you live with since asking other people to change their eating habits is no small thing. (Read more...)

As always, take good care and eat well.

Erin Barnett

From the LocalHarvest Store:

It's the peak of the Meyer lemon season! Get your sweet, mellow lemons here.

We've said just about all there is to say about CSAs. If you want to find one near you, you can do it here.

Looking to grow your own? There's still time to order seeds for some of America's favorite veggies, from our farmers to you!

Food from the Farm: Roasted Garlic and Parsnip Soup

I consider parsnips to be one of the vegetable world's best kept secrets, but have never tried them in a soup. I was so happy to receive this recipe from the folks at the Cascade Bar and Grill. It's a simple but flavorful soup, one that I know my family is going to go back to again and again. When my sister tasted it she said, "Mmmm… February food." Exactly.
(Recipes and More...)