CSA Tuesday: What’s in the box? 7/17

This week was a great week for add ons.

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If you could just smell the basil… It’s amazing! I’m making some homemade pasta sauce with it tonight. My husband will be lucky if there are any nectarines left when he gets home. Those radishes make me think of carne asada, ooh with some roasted corn. Okay, I need to stop before my mouth starts watering.
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CSA Tuesday: What’s in the box?

I pick up my CSA bounty every Tuesday. Here is what came in this week’s box:

Peaches, pluots, green beans, cucumber, corn, tomatoes, and zucchini. I see some zucchini bread baking in the near future.

My watermelon fiend daughter will love this!

Some rolled oats for our breakfast shakes.

Why a CSA?

You may have read my previous post about CSA programsΒ here.

So why participate in a CSA?

  • Offers you the opportunity to try out fruits and vegetables you may have overlooked at the supermarket.
  • It guarantees the produce you’re eating is not only organic but also as fresh as it gets.
  • CSA produce is fresher, tastier, and more nutritious than anything you’d buy at the supermarket.
  • Save money, time, and simplify your produce shopping.
  • Explore new recipes.
  • Buying local means supporting your local economy.
Ready to find your own CSA? Visit:Β www.localharvest.org

I’ll have more recipes up soon that I’ve explored thanks to my CSA bounty!

-thegreenlatina

Babies and Coconut Oil

One of the reasons I started using cloth diapers was because I was of the terrible rashes my daughter used to get with disposables. Upon learning the basics of cloth diapers, I also learned what is safe to use with cloth in case a rash appears: organic unrefined coconut oil.

Coconut oil has a very low melting point so it won’t coat cloth diapers causing them to repel. It is a great skin moisturizer and has tons of other uses.

You can cook with it (so delicious for popping corn), moisturize your skin and hair. It is good for treating skin rashes, stretch marks, and eczema. It has antibacterial and antiviral properties and I also good for your metabolism… Amazing! Personally, I used it to treat my baby’s cradle cap: I applied it to his scalp after each bath and brush his head with a cradle cap brush.

Regardless of whether or not you are cloth diapering, after learning so much about the benefits of coconut oil, I believe it’s a good idea to keep a jar of coconut oil handy. With so many possible uses, you’ll be finding yourself using it all the time.

A few tips on purchasing coconut oil:

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Getting started living green

With the population of our planet only increasing, being “green” is not a fad, it’s here to stay and I believe it’s important for everyone to do at least a little bit towards living “green”.

My journey began when I made the decision to cloth diaper. I am inspired by women like my mother in law, she is an adamant recycler and compost user.

The idea behind being green is finding ways to produce less waste and thereby reducing your carbon footprint. The kicker with this is that you’ll often times find yourself saving money as well.

As an interior designer, one of my favorite things is recommending money saving products to my clients. That high efficiency washer you paid a little more for will end up saving you in water bills in the long run. The energy efficient appliances you purchase will do the same for your electricity bill. Replacing your old toilet, upgrading your water heater, or installing weatherproofing around your home are all great things to do. All of these have long term effects on how much you pay in utilities. Even starting small; installing aerating faucet adapters on your faucets is a simple step towards saving water.

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What is CSA?

In high school I was an active member of the FFA (Future Farmers of America). I must confess I had no intention of actually becoming a farmer one day. However, the organization afforded me leadership opportunities that I didn’t feel I could find with any other high school club.

After high school I went on to fashion school and never looked back. It wasn’t until recently when I was looking for local farmers markets that I found out about CSA (sorry Mrs. Burdi, I must’ve been absent the day we learned about these).

A CSA (community supported agriculture) is a program where you buy a share (a box or bag) of weekly or bi-weekly farm fresh produce. Not only is it a great way to support your local farmer, it’s a great way to eat fresh organic produce. Most offer whatever is in season and some offer the ability to add on raw milk or meats like grass fed beef. My first box came with Rainer cherries (that I devoured in a matter of minutes), Strawberries, carrots, rainbow chard, red leaf lettuce, red skin potatoes, fresh lavender, grass fed ground beef and burger patties.

Some groups require you to put in some hours of work on the farm. Here, in Southern California, I haven’t found any that do.

My local CSA is run by Abundant Harvest Organics and if you’d like to search for what is available near you, go here.

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