Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Eat Fresh - Wonderful Winter

CSA Box Winter (02) by MeetaK


Winter brings in wonderful fresh bounties of great, colorful and interesting vegetables in my CSA box or at my Farmer's Market. Root veggies are in right now. Parsnips, beetroot, turnips or pumpkins and sweet potatoes are all being used up in my kitchen to prepare some great meals.

Ever since I mentioned the quality seal in my recent About Me page, I have been receiving many emails asking me what exactly comes in my CSA box each week.


So, I thought I would do something special. I am sharing with you a typical week of certain types of fruit and vegetables I get from my local CSA organization.

I am lucky to have a fantastic local CSA organization that take special care in their products. They are very transparent and offer a wide range of not just vegetables, but also fruit, diary products, meats, breads and other items from local, regional and national farmers. They also have European organic farmers in their organization for fruit and vegetables that are not typically grown in Germany. Immersatt.de allows me to choose between several different types of boxes.

We get the usual "guess what's going to be in the CSA box" box, where one does not know what will be in the box until it arrives. Then we also can choose a box specially put together for pregnant or nursing women these boxes have specific vegetables that are nutritious, omitting produce that are not allowed during this time. Then finally we have the box that you put together yourself. This is what I go for each week. I have a few items that I get delivered each week, like eggs, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, pears and apples. Then I choose other produce that I require in the week depending on what I want to cook. This week, I additionally had beetroot, pumpkin and sweet potatoes all to make a few great dishes.

I figured if there were so many people interested in my fresh produce just think how cool it would be to see what others have in their weekly baskets. I am very nosy and wanted to know so, I decided to make an event of it!

Eat Fresh - Wonderful Winter

This will be a seasonal event and will take place 4 times a year - once for every season.

Here is what I want you to do: simply take a photograph of your weekly fresh produce. It could be your CSA box, your Farmer's market basket or even your grocery bag. Let us see what's in season in your part of the world. Imagine what lovely fruit and vegetables Cynthia would find at her Farmer's Market over in Barbados or Joey in the Philippines. So you see I am hoping to create a wide and diverse list of fresh produce from all over the world.

How you can enter this event: once you have written your post simply send me an email. I do not want anything in the email - no link to the post, no pictures NOTHING! All I want is your email address and in the subject of your email enter "EAT FRESH - Wonderful Winter". Once I have your email address, you will be invited to collaborate on a Google spreadsheet document I created for this event. When you receive the invitation, log into the document and fill in the fields as specified. It's pretty basic stuff and you all should have no trouble with it. Do not forget to save the document before you leave it. Please link back to this page and/or use the Eat Fresh logo you see here.

Send in your mails to: blogmeeta@gmail.com

That's it.

Updated: Deadline is now March 31st!

You will easily be able to keep tabs on the list by clicking Eat Fresh - Wonderful Winter. This will also be available for easy reference on the sidebar in the events section.



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17 comments :

  1. Wonderful event. Well i guess i am also nosey to know what other ppl have in their shopping bags :-)
    As you said it would be wonderful to know what cynthia or joey have in thei bags.
    Now a days when i go to the supermarket i even see strawberries, raspberries etc.....I have promised how ever the temptation is i am not buying them unless it is the season as they don't taste good this time of the year.

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  2. That sounds like a lovely event. I'll make a note of it and email you when I have written my post.

    By the way, you have been tagged :) More information over here:
    http://soyandpepper.blogspot.com/2008/01/tag-it.html

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  3. Great idea, and a good reminder that eating seasonally, even in winter, does not mean going without -- it just means new opportunities to be inspired in the kitchen!

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  4. Sounds like a good event idea to me. And I'd never heard of a CSA box...sounds like a nice system...

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  5. Loved ur CSA box. What a lovely idea. Looking at fresh fruits and vegetables just makes me happy and makes my heart sing.

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  6. I love that idea - great to see what people are cooking with before they actually cook it!

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  7. CSA boxes are the best - as someone who eats FAR more fresh produce than the recommended daily servings, each day, it's so nice to have seasonal produce in abundance :0) great event!!

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  8. love it! how funny, i had never heard of a CSA before a few weeks ago, and now I've probably heard them mentioned a half-dozen times since then. and, best of all, i found one that's right near me that i'll be able to participate in starting in june (doesn't run over the winter)! i try to go to the farmer's market once a week, though, so hopefully i can still participate! might have to be supplemented with grocery store produce -- our farmer's market is pretty picked over by 5 pm, when i usually get there!

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  9. I'm *so* waiting for my CSA box - isn't it such a fabulous thing? Especially the surprise element - serendipity is a lovely thing!

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  10. Hola Meeta! Great idea! I'll love to participate. Friday is the farmers market day in my neighbourhood, and my basket is empty...

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  11. Wonderful CSA package you have there! Is that a kiwi??

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  12. I do hope you all will show us your produce. It should be fun to see what we are eating. I am sure there is a huge difference depending on what part of the world we live in.

    ClumsyCook - yes that is Kiwi!

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  13. That is such a neat idea. I will definitely participate. Is there a deadline for the event - sorry if it is mentioned in the post and I missed it.

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  14. Such a wonderful idea! I love it, and I'll definitely send you an entry for Wonderful Winter!!!

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  15. Thanks for this post. I'm embarrassed to say I've never heard of community supported agriculture and this post made me do research to learn more. I'm shocked to find that there are many in new york city,(a couple right under my nose) some of which have people with incomes over $30K subsidize members with incomes under $30K which is a really wonderful idea. I love the idea behind these programs and I would so like to participate but I'm afraid we don't consume nearly enough veggies on a regular basis to justify a weekly box. Maybe I need to rethink how we eat! I'd really love to support one of these. Thanks again for the great info. Very thought-provoking.

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  16. Hey, skrockodile - you can always split a CSA service with a neighbor. That works well if you are only a one- or two-person household and don't have time to start a major food preservation operation!

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  17. Just checked this event. I will see what I can do. We don't have Farmers market in Winter in my town, they satrt in Spring. Let me see if I can,still have time!:)

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