Do you remember when we were panic-pandemic buying?
Well, I didn’t stock up on toilet paper. Instead I panic-shopped CSA boxes.
Let me explain.
When the pandemic hit, I was concerned about many things, but it wasn’t until the farmers markets closed, indefinitely, that I started to think about access to local food. I immediately wondered how I would get my local and seasonal foods and how this would affect all of the sustainable farmers who do so much to feed our communities and care for the environment.
Luckily, I was able to order from Farm Score for the short term, and then I went CSA box shopping to secure some local food for the summer and fall. I landed on two boxes – Rooted Oak and Ottawa Valley Farm to Fork.
On top of ordering these two boxes, my wife and I also started to grow our own food, planting a few edibles in our community condo garden and some more veggies like tomatoes, leeks, squashes, onions, lettuces, potatoes and herbs in a garden plot on a friend’s property.
(You may be wondering, do two average-eating adults need two CSA boxes PLUS their own home-grown vegetables? The answer is: Absolutely not. Hence why I called it ‘panic buying.’)
And now that’s mid-July, we’re definitely enjoying the harvest! And definitely not going hungry. We literally eat salad three times a day, and still have lots in the fridge. We just gave away some yummy garlic scapes this morning and some crunchy snap peas yesterday.
I guess that’s the difference between panic-buying household supplies and and panic-buying perishables. People are pleasantly surprised when you share your nutritious and delicious veggies. (I suppose you could share your toilet paper, but you may not get the same delighted reaction.)
We’re about four weeks into the season now, and this week’s boxes were full of amazing, local veggies. So much so, that I made a video “unboxing” my share to help teach you about the seasonal and sustainable food that you can buy fresh from the farmers.
Here are some highlights, with the time stamps of where to find them in the video:
0:45 – Three reasons why getting local food is best
1:45 – How to tell snow peas apart from sugar snap peas
1:55 – Which vegetable family is the most powerful for disease prevention
2:15 – The only way to make kale a real “superfood”
2:58 – The difference between a barese Swiss chard and regular Swiss chard
3:07 – The local veggie that can be your summer version of garlic
3:40 – A German turnip that’s delicious, accessible year round, and simple to cook (click here for an easy recipe)
Click here to watch the short video and then tell me what local foods you’re enjoying this month. Hit reply to let me know, or leave a comment below the video.