I’ve discovered a new blog–The Urbivore’s Dilemma.
I was turned on to it by the folks over at GOOD. (Check them out if you’re not already familiar.) It chronicles a New Yorker’s experience of switching from a diet consisting of mostly take-out to one of primarily local produce from her new CSA share.
Since this is my first year as a CSA shareholder (I’ve bought into an Urban Farm Project), I immediately understood the dilemma. The challenge of a CSA is not only adjusting to a vegetable-based diet, but of learning to cook with whatever food is fresh, in-season, and available. The first few weeks of my CSA were hard to navigate–lots of lettuce and greens, beets, and turnips. (I froze a lot of the root vegetables, hoping to figure out what to do with them at a later time.) But the past few weeks have been much easier–carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, green beans, etc. It’s been a relief to use the vegetables in meals I would normally cook, but still gives me a little room to experiment. The familiarity of the more recent produce makes my investment seem more reasonable.
I’m excited to follow along with the Urbivore’s experiment in changing her diet and maybe get some good ideas for my own local produce experiment. Does anyone else want to share their experience of learning to eat local, in-season produce? Recipes? Funny recipe failures?