Saturday, January 30, 2010

Box Six: The Imposters

Reflecting back on the Winter CSA update post, I cannot say it was a surprise to learn this week that Box 6 will not be happening, despite the farmer's wish to make it so.

Only temporarily daunted, I decided to purchase at my local Yoke's store (which, of all our grocery stores, makes the most effort to offer local produce) a selection of winter produce and make my own imposter "box." This will supply the next two weeks with cooking challenges and nutritious, seasonal and, if not entirely local, at least delicious, dishes.

Have to say, grocery store veggies seem a little "plastic" after the fresh, local stuff, but we forge on, grateful for what we have.

A visit to Yokes yielded organic carrots, beets, organic arugula and spinach, rutabagas, organic chard and broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and organic yams. My usual mode in the produce department (or farmer's market!) is to buy what looks the freshest, then figure out what to do with it. Much like the challenge provided by a CSA box!


  1. IMHO a letter to the editor of the Tri-city Herald is in order! Did you see the featured article the other day about the farm over in Carnation, with *their* boxes of produce? As if *they* were doing something unusual. Hey, what about our own CSA provider, huh?!?!?!

  2. Well, the TCH has had articles along the same lines about our local farmers, but it's something that changes with time and certainly bears re-mentioning! Some CSA providers (including Prosser and Walla Walla areas) are listed on the Slow Food link at left.