Produce Boxes for All!
Jan. 14, 2009 11:35 am
Updated: Jan. 15, 2009 12:36 pm
It's a sunny day today in Seattle! I didn't get much of a chance to look around my yard this morning, but I imagine a few brave plants are already tentatively poking up through the soil. The birds seemed particularly happy.
I don't have any fresh vegetables to blog about. I walked up the street for Thai food last night. I was looking around on Allrecipes for an article about CSA's, and I could not find one. I did find a nice article about Farmer's Markets that includes links to a bunch of recipes and has great photos. (It is sort of relevant, since it is about produce that is in season.) The article also includes a link to a site called Local Harvest that includes a tab that let's you look for CSA programs all across the USA: Community Supported Agriculture. There are 127 listed for Washington State! Alaska has 8 (which actually seems like a lot for such a chilly part of the world). I would love to get a box from one of the farms in Hawaii -- the fruit must be incredible!
The climate in this part of Washington state is relativley mild; it's possible to keep a few things growing during the winter months (greens, broccoli), except when the weather is exceptionally cold (like this year). On the other hand, I have never had much luck with squash, peppers, and other hot weather veggies. I know some people seem to have the secret for shade-grown watermelons the size of cars, but I'd rather let my CSA farm go to the trouble for me!
I'd love to hear about what's growing in home gardens around the country (and the world!) at different times of year. I understand they get strawberries in the late winter in some parts of the South.