Have you heard of CSA? I hadn't until this year. CSA is Community Supported Agriculture. I had thought it was available only in our area. Here it is provided by Glade Run Adventures, a Lutheran services organization in our locale. But as I researched recipes for the vegetables we were receiving, I learned that it all over the US. It is a wonderful learning experience for the kids, as you can see if you click on the link above. Early in the spring, we signed up for a "share". Our cost was $324, and we are to receive $18 of fresh produce each week. Our garden had done so poorly last year, so I figured it would be a good thing to try. The first two weeks were a little disappointing, mostly greens - kale, collard greens, and rhubarb, strawberries, and other things. But I tried collard greens (and liked them). I put strawberries and rhubarb into a bread pudding (it was pretty good). Then the shares started to get better. One week we got a pint jar of fresh honey - I love honey on toast, and on biscuits, it's just heaven. Last week we got blackberries, cucumbers and potatoes, and I tried a recipe for Mediterranean marinated cucumbers and it was delicious.
Each week the kids who help with the program at Glade Run create a little bouquet of flowers to include with our box, last week's had beautiful snap dragons. It's a little cup of sunshine sitting on my kitchen table each morning. If you're so inclined, check to see if there's a CSA in your area. You won't be sorry.