We signed up for a CSA box! I am so excited I can hardly wait until Thursday when I get to pick it up. I had avoided doing this before because I felt like it would create too much pressure to have to cook when I didn't feel like it, but I'm over that. Now Faux Gras (that's Hüsbando's preferred name now) practically has to drag me out to eat.
We've committed to four boxes from Eatwell Farm as a trial subscription. As much as I love Berkeley Bowl, now that it's summer I've been noticing how riper and tastier all the produce at the farmers markets is in comparison. Plus, I'm doing the every-other-week delivery, which will still allow me to go to the farmer's market on the off-week to be spontaneous. I picked Eatwell because I read somewhere that they had eggs from truly free-roaming chickens (which from a quick survey none of the other farms offered) and I signed up without reading anything else about the farm -- partly I panicked because I saw I had to do so by Friday to get a Thursday delivery.
It was $116 for the four boxes, including a dozen eggs each time. Here's what's in the box coming on Thursday to Arizmendi, the co-op pizza place down the street:
Can you say YUM? And since eggs like these run $5/doz usually, that means I'm getting all that produce for $25. Which seems like a bargain to me, especially when you consider the halo I will feel hovering over my porcine head as I cook with it. After I read more about Eatwell on their website, I grew almost giddily enthusiastic. (I highly recommend the 10th anniversary PDF newsletter for anyone considering trying them out.)
They sound totally cool and like they should be the Ethicurean poster child for the Bay Area, although they are based about 60 miles away, in the Sacramento Valley. Their produce and eggs are all organic, of course; several years ago they switched from using manure from industrial feedlot cattle and pig farms (I can't believe this antibiotic-laden stuff is even legal!) to using organically certified, composted vegetable waste from San Francisco's restaurants, a service a local dump is apparently now offering. They switched their delivery truck to run on safflower oil, so I don't even have to feel bad about my weekly basket coming from Sacramento. They offer drop-offs all over the East Bay and San Francisco, and although you can't customize your box, they do apparently offer a Trade box at each site for produce you hate and want to swap for something else. For me, that will be eggplant, which I like but am mildly allergic to.
They also provide recipes for the week's produce in the newsletter you get with the box, Since I've never cooked fava beans before, I'll definitely be consulting it.