It’s NaBloPoMo, National Blog Posting Month. For the month of November, I’m going to post every day. This is day 20, two-thirds of the way.
The winter CSA that we’ve participated in the past few years is no longer offering a winter share so they can refocus on their core summer crops. We shed a few tears of sorrow, and then looked into alternatives. At the Vegetarian Food Festival a few weeks ago we discovered Boston Organics and decided to give them a try. They provide fresh produce delivered to your door. Yes, you did indeed read that correctly. The produce comes to you! What a revelation. This week is our second box delivery and so far so good.
There are quite a few options provided by Boston Organics, more than what you would find with a traditional CSA (although they do have a local box option that would be most similar to a CSA). You can select a veggie box, a fruit box, or a combination of the two. We’re trying out the 2/3 veggie and 1/3 fruit option. You can also provide a list of foods that you do not want included in your box. This is great if you have food restrictions or allergies, or strong dislikes of a particular item. You can get deliveries as frequently as you prefer – weekly, bi-weekly, or even less. Although it is a little more expensive than our previous winter CSA, the flexible options make it worthwhile. Usually there’s a week that we’re away or miss the pickup, and then you don’t get the veggies that you’ve paid for and sadness ensues. With Boston Organics I can just cancel if I know we’re going to be away. I also don’t have to worry about missing a pickup window, as it is delivered to our door! I know I’ve said this three times already, but I just can’t get over this novelty of delivered produce.
We received our box today. I feel like a kid opening Christmas presents, I get so excited to see what’s inside. There at the bottom I discovered this unusual fruit. A beautiful persimmon. I’ve seen a persimmon many times at the grocery store but have never before purchased one. And now there’s one sitting on my counter! What to do with it? When it ripens, there will be a persimmon tasting. I think it will go nicely in a salad and perhaps will partner well with cashew cheese, playing the flavors of the sweet fruit off of the bitter salad greens and the rich creamy “cheese”.
Any persimmon recipes you recommend?