This week something good came to my friends and me, and it came in a box. A few weeks ago, my roommates and I decided to join a CSA through the Food Justice Alliance (a student org on campus), and we had been anxiously awaiting our first box of fresh produce ever since. I couldn’t help but share my excitement about being part of a CSA with family and friends, and the most common response that I received was: what’s a CSA? And so that’s something that I’d like to share. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and it’s awesome. It changes the way we normally get our food by allowing consumers (that’s me!) to bypass the typical food producer-consumer supply chain and buy food directly from a local farmer. CSA members pay a fee to receive a bushel of fresh produce for the entirety of a growing season, meaning that they essentially share in a farm’s harvest. Each week for 10 weeks, we will receive a box of produce (organic, though not all produce from CSAs is) from a farm in Lancaster, PA. We don’t know way ahead of time what it is that we will be getting, but we are assured that each week will bring a new and varied selection of in-season produce. People sometimes dislike this about CSAs—that you don’t know exactly what you’ll be getting, and it might be something you don’t want. To my roommates and me, this only makes it more fun. We don’t have to go grocery shopping as often, and we are forced to try out produce that we might not opt to purchase of our own accord.
Our Lancaster Farm bushel of the week
This week, we were brought red potatoes, Cremini mushrooms, red beets, celeriac (something I’d never seen before…), orange carrots, and arugula. Ever since a heavenly potato pizza experience at The Cheese Board Collective some months ago in Berkeley, CA, I’ve wanted to try to make my own potato pizza. With this week’s root-veggie-filled share, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to do it. Though it took some convincing to get my roommates on board with the potato pizza idea, it turned out to be quite easy and yummy. This recipe is what resulted.
1 premade pizza crust
2 red potatoes
1 cup arugula, rinsed and dried
½ cup chopped red onion
2 Tbsp. dried rosemary
2 cups shredded gruyere cheese
2 Tbsp. olive oil
¼ cup lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
To prepare pizza, spread olive oil on crust then layer ingredients from heaviest to lightest. Begin with potatoes and onions as a base, then layer cheese, garlic, and rosemary on top. Top with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Bake at 400º for 12-15 minutes.
Note: We found that this white pizza was lacking something… maybe it just needed more cheese or a stronger cheese. It definitely would have been improved had we made the crust from dough.
Here’s a link to the CSA we joined, which serves New York City and the tri-state area: http://www.lancasterfarmfresh.com