Today is Vegetable Christmas!
Very early every Tuesday morning we put out our empty cooler and the vegetable fairies come and fill it with local organic heirloom vegetables.
I've been interested in Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) for a couple of years now, and now that Elizabeth has come along we decided to do something about it. Essentially CSA allows farms to sell a share of their crop for the year. You pay a certain amount up front (usually several thousand dollars) and in return you receive a corresponding percentage of that farmer's crop. If the crop does well, you receive a lot of really fresh vegetables. If the crop does less well, so do you.
This is pretty popular in parts of the US and many CSAs exist in Southern Ontario, but even here in Ottawa where it is much less common we found quite a variety of options on the Community Supported Agriculture theme, including an urban version. After hemming and hawing over the various options (we could get fresh eggs! Pick your own flowers! Be forced to spend a few hours in the fields to allow your kids to have a stronger connection to the land!), we signed up with Bryson Farms. While they are a food basket service rather than a true CSA as described above, the big draw was the promise of vegetables all year round.
We get a four-person basket and share it with Uncle Chris & Auntie Yukiko. Elizabeth is posing beside our share of the vegetables. She seems to approve.