|Tractor ride through the fields at Harmony Valley Farm|
On a recent Sunday this fall, T and I went on a farm tour of Harmony Valley Farm, an organic farm in Viroqua, WI where we participate in a CSA. Joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program has been an amazing experience, and provided us with ultra fresh, seasonal, organic produce on a weekly basis for the Spring, Summer, and Fall growing seasons. We have been eating more healthy than we otherwise would, and have had lots of fun trying new vegetables, researching new recipes, and learning about the benefits of eating organically.
|At Harmony Valley Farm|
|Mini Sweet Peppers|
Some of the vegetables we have received in our CSA box have pushed the boundaries of our comfort zones, and given us the opportunity to expand our food knowledge. Some of the new veggies we've tried include beets, kale, turnips, celariac, swiss chard, broccoli romanesco, eggplant, baby bok choi, tomatillos and mini-sweet peppers. So far, we have been able to find delicious recipes to make, and have had a lot of fun trying both the new vegetables, and also some more familiar ones like spinach, carrots, potatoes, garlic, onions, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, winter squash, watermelon, cantaloupe, sweet corn, edamame, green beans, cucumbers, zucchini and summer squash.
Eating fresh, organic, locally grown produce has been a real adventure, and a ton of fun to learn about where the food on our plates is coming from. If you are interested in learning more about becoming part of a CSA and would like to find a farm near you, check Local Harvest for a wealth of information on the topic and a great search tool to find a CSA in your area. Do you have suggestions on where to find recipes for seasonal cooking?