We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Crisper – My First Food Box Pick Up

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Mother Beck oranges, Pink Lady apples, sweet limes, red bore kale, rainbow carrots, collard greens, cilantro, mizuna, fennel, red romaine lettuce, spinach and gold beets. And a bonus sample of  locally baked bread from Beyond Bread.

Cue the food porn music!

To say that I was excited about picking up my first farm box from the SavRaw drop off point this week may be an understatement.  I’ve been courting this idea for decades, since I was introduced to it by History and Cowgrrl.  They subscribed to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) service and when they had to be out of town, I picked up their food box for them. Some chore!  It’s how this Midwesterner discovered persimmons.

I signed up with SavRaw, which gathers and delivers locally grown organic veggies and fruits to drop off points around Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. A traditional CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) involves subscribing in advance to a specific farm’s produce.  I stopped holding my breath that anyone would be able to provide either service to my little high desert town, but recently I found SavRaw through Local Harvest.

I could not have asked for a better experience thus far.  My email interactions with Kali from SavRaw were great. She answered all my questions and I am impressed with how flexible the service is.  I opted to get a box every other week until I see how I do with using up this bounty.

When I walked up to the pick up  place, I was thinking, “Oh man, I probably should have printed something out that says who I am.” I hadn’t read the email detailing this week’s selection because I wanted the full on surprise of the first box.

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“Hi, are you Sundry?” the cheery volunteer asked (using my real name of course) as I approached.

Wow.  She knew to expect someone new, and went through the whole box with me, explaining what everything was. She even told me that the mizuna, above left, can be sauteed or added to salad.

We had a nice little chat and I headed home with my treasure only to find that my usual freeway on-ramp was just a couple of blocks away.  Sweet!  Even more convenient than I’d thought.

Oh, and that missing point on the bread in the first photo?  Ripped that off on the way to the car. Mmm.

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Tender young rainbow carrots.  Did I mention that I ordered the $25 box?  No?  How impressed are you now?

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The first thing I did when I got home was slice up one of the apples and share it with Dodger, our Timneh African Grey parrot, while I prepped the veggies for the fridge. We have a nice new one, but I wasn’t able to get them all in the crisper drawers.

Dinner was this salad, made of red romaine, spinach, mizuna, thinly sliced fennel bulb, fennel ferny stuff, cilantro, kale, and one of the carrots. Dressed with good olive oil, moscato balsamic vinegar, Parmesan cheese, toasted flax seeds and pine nuts. First really good salad of the year.

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Accompanied with a bit of the loaf from Beyond Bread in Silverlake (for which I couldn’t find a link) rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil. The ingredients: Organic flour, freshly milled organic whole grains (wheat, rye, spelt), water, levain (natural starter), salt. They offered this sample with the thought that subscribers  could add it on to their regular order.  I think it would only be right to support such ingenuity and good taste!

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Even the budgies benefit!  They usually have a bath/snack of parsley in water, but tonight they received organic carrot tops.  They were so excited, I couldn’t get a shot without one of them blurred.

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6 thoughts on “We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Crisper – My First Food Box Pick Up

  1. I love CSA. It’s a very new concept here in New Zealand but I got my first CSA box last year. I subscribed all through the winter months. I did it initially because I was too sick to get to the store regularly and then cancelled my subscription when it got warmer and I was itching to start walking to the market again. I did love the weekly delivery though, but had I had an option for a fortnightly delivery, I would have jumped at it. Being a 2 person household meant that getting through everything became a chore. Even if we have a chubby bunny that will happily eat our extra produce.

  2. Sundry says:

    Yay for chubby bunnies! Yes, the fortnightly option is wonderful. There are two in my household also. I’m excited about the challenge of eating all this produce while my fabulous spouse is less adventuresome. I’m thinking, though, if I can use it all up in a week, I’ll opt for weekly, eat more healthily and save money. Supplementing this with some grains, dairy and a little meat or fish now and again might work out just fine.

  3. kitty says:

    It all looks wonderful. And compliments on the great photos, too.

  4. seabluelee says:

    That looks wonderful! Those carrots are especially beautiful, and your salad and bread look delicious – a perfect meal. I’m just sitting around eagerly awaiting the start-up of the farmer’s market.

  5. Sundry says:

    I’m happy that my pick up day is Tuesday so I can supplement from the farmer’s market on the way home if I need to. We can see Blum Ranch’s peach trees going pink across the valley. Anticipation!

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