the CSA way

This summer we joined a CSA for the first time. All I can say is, why didn’t we do this sooner?

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We love everything about the experience!  We’ve been introduced to so many new varieties of vegetables which is right in line with our new healthy diet.

Raise your hand if you know what kohlrabi is.  Two months ago, I had never heard of it and I went to an agricultural college in the area!  Now it is one of our new favorite vegetables.  Unfortunately, they’re pretty much done for the season but that’s ok because we’ve moved onto tasty summer squashes.

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CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  In the spring, we paid a membership fee to Pennypack Farm and as a result we pick up 6 shares of locally grown produce & herbs weekly during the summer harvest season.  It has quickly become my favorite day of the week!

The shares offered weekly change as the growing season changes.  It’s like Pandora’s box of produce.  Being part of a CSA also challenges us in the kitchen because you have to work each week’s offerings to create delicious meals.  My latest concoction was beet stuffed peppers with a dollop of local honey.  Delish!

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This week we got to pick our own string beans which we took right home and had for dinner.  It doesn’t get any fresher than that!

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We go very few places without Wilson.  So its awesome that dogs are allowed on the farm too!

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As a bonus we get to harvest flowers from the cutting garden.

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Summertime and the livin’ is easy….

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If you have the opportunity to join a CSA next year, I highly recommend it.  It will expand your palette and culinary skills as well as support local farms and farmers.  I have to thank Karen, a blog reader, for referring us to our CSA!

cheers to the garden

May is here and the flowers are in full bloom. Let’s raise our glasses to the garden!
Around these parts I’m taking in delicate white dogwoods.

Full blown tulips hanging onto their last petals.

And I’m patiently waiting for the scent of lilacs and the hues of hydrangeas.

In the meantime, have you heard that Friday is National Public Gardens Day? May 6th is the day designated this year to recognize and celebrate national public gardens. Think you can do that?


It gets better! Not only is it a day to toast perfectly curated and manicured gardens but you can visit participating public gardens for FREE! These wonderful gardens will give you up to two free passes!

You should totally take your mom to kick off Mother’s Day. I bet she’ll love it.

My favorite national public garden is Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. Not only does Longwood have acres and acres of exquisite gardens indoors and out but some of the best antique stores are located in the surrounding area. That is a bonus! I think I need to take a trip there.

Which public garden is your favorite?