"My Goodness, we’ve become locavores! She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed wants me to live just long enough for her to collect my pension."
Joanne's supper tonight was fantastic. Warm Butternut squash soup, accompanied with a spicy swiss chard, a nice dry Chardonnay and crusty Pasta Plus bread .
This year we became localvores. We joined the Gorman Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group. We have been getting fresh, organically grown vegetables every Thursday from Dave and Lydia Liker, the farm's proprietors.
We split a full share with our neighbors Juanita and Michael Malone. A split share works out nicely. There is plenty to feed two families. Splitting a full share also gives you a chance to trade those fruits and vegetables to satisfy family tastes.
Joanne's voice almost beams every Thursday when she calls me at work to describe the week's produce. We have loved everything but the beets. I'm happy to give away beets, call me.
I'm far from a tree hugger. My kids have even accused me of wanting to "Pave The Bay". So I did not think that 18 weeks worth of fresh vegetables that are grown a couple of miles from my home would be either worth it or fun. But I gotta admit it has been. It is fun to see what Dave has grown for us. Each week has become an adventure in eating and community building.
The Liker's CSA shares sell out quickly. Contact the Liker's to get on the CSA list for next year.
A full week's CSA share from Dave Liker's farm in August 2009.
Fresh basil pesto with tomato and mozzarella crostini. Prosciutto wrapped around fresh melon slices. Box-o-Chianti to make it all worthwhile.Rick's Basil Pesto
2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts
3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1T of balsamic vinegar