I’m looking forward to picking up our first CSA (community supported agriculture) share from Four Frog Farm on Tuesday — this time at the Truckee Farmers Market at Truckee River Regional Park.
“This Tuesday marks the beginning of the veggie season, so be there or be square,” writes Andrew Meyers of Four Frog in Penn Valley. “We’re looking forward to it.” So are we.
Andrew epitomizes a new generation of farmers, needed as their average age nationally creeps toward 60. “Many shun industrial, mechanized farming and list food journalist Michael Pollan as an influence,” as the New York Times observed recently.
Community Supported Agriculture is a direct way to support local farmers. In return, you receive fresh, healthy and seasonal food.
CSA members invest in the farm in spring, when funds are most needed, by purchasing a share of the harvest. Then, throughout the season—June to Oct., for example— they receive a weekly box of produce or other goods. The price averages about $25 a week.
Here’s what Four Frog is providing this week:
Arugula – 1 bunch – it will be on the spicier side since the weather is warming
Radishes – 1 bunch – ditto on the spiciness
Bok choi – about 1 lb – absolutely great in a stir fry
Kale – 1 bunch of dino kale
Rainbow Chard – 1 bunch
Lettuce – about 1 large head’s worth
Zucchini – 3 medium zuccini
Broccoli – 2 small heads
Garlic – 1 bulb of green (uncured, therefore not as strong yet) garlic