Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a simple concept that allows consumers to buy local, seasonal and fresh produce directly from farmers. I have been doing it for years without knowing it had a label… :) At any rate, a couple of weeks ago, Gejo of Kitchen Herbs Farm asked if I would like to try a weekly or bi-weekly (every other week) delivery of greens, and of course I agreed. Nothing like getting the freshest stuff available, and I don’t mind at all that I have no clue what might show up one week to the next. This is the only REAL way to help small farmers; to eat what is in season rather than whatever a grocery, wholesalers, large importers, farm conglomerates choose to make available. In last Friday’s “basket” or box (this is in its nascent stages and just being tested, hence improvements to delivery containers, packing, etc.) there was a huge bounty of stuff ranging from chard, to tons of lettuce, dill, a single fennel bulb, tomatoes, onions, chicory, sage, basil, curry leaves, sprouts, carrots, peppers, etc. (all in the third photo below).
The week before we got a slightly different selection but still anchored on lettuces, herbs, etc. It was wonderful. Admittedly, a bit much for us if we don’t eat at home everyday or are traveling to Cebu. But I love the concept and relish the arrival of the weeks “stuff”. I was here last Friday when the veggies got to our home, and immediately “triaged the box”. Lettuces were washed, dried, mixed and stored in the fridge, ready for several large salads over the next few days. We immediately pickled the baby carrots as our pickle selection is waning. They will be terrific for at least the next two weeks, served with grilled fish or meats or just simply to munch on when you get a bit hungry. We also turned the bounty of basil into a walnut basil pesto that I used on some potatoes that evening and stored the rest for a pasta dish later in the week. And we immediately cooked the chard, recipe coming up soon.
I pick this box up from the parking lot at Greenbelt mall, where Gejo does deliveries for restaurants and other customers. He will probably kill me for posting this so soon after he has started testing this CSA concept, but if you are interested you may want to contact him and BEG him to include you on the list. I can’t guarantee he will take many more clients at this nascent stage, however. All his greens and herbs are organically raised, and I have featured his farm in Silang before, and went to it for the Jessica Soho feature a few months back. You may want to split one of his boxes with a friend, neighbor or family member. At PHP750 a week for my box, I suspect a PHP500 box would work well for folks who don’t cook as much as we do in our home.
Contact Gejo at email@example.com