Community supported agriculture

Rev. Larry Coleman, Esq. of Kansas City forwarded this from Michael Byrd:

This is a picture of red tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, bell pepper, eggplant, and squash sitting on my kitchen counter from the CSA that I joined.  All of these items are ripe and were picked the day they were delivered or the day before.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an arrangement where a group of people buy shares of a farmer’s crop and the farmer makes weekly delivery’s during the growing season.  It begins with farmer’s holding an open house.  A non-profit group called the Kansas City Food circle coordinated the open house.  About 50 farmers were at the open house at a community center in April.  You look at what they plan to grow and then sign up if you want to.
Ruth and I joined a CSA called The Organic Way.  We split the $330 up front payment and the $25 per week fee for weekly delivery May thru August.  There is no fee for delivery’s during September and October.  The Organic Way deliveries the food to at a park near my house and we drive over to pick up the food. 
The content of weekly deliveries vary.  Weekly delivery so far have included fresh beets, green onions the size of golf balls ( I laugh now when I see green onions in the grocery store), yellow onions, Romain lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, fresh basil, cantaloupe, watermelon, different types of squash, strawberries, black berries, peaches, bell peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, and four types of tomatoes. 
For an additional charge, you can also buy eggs, ham, pork chops, beacon, and chicken.
Yesterday for lunch I had a simple mixture of yellow tomatoes, cucumbers, yellow onion, with some vinegar, salt and pepper.  I got the idea from what Grandgrand used to fix when we were kids.  I also heated up an ear of corn in the husk (no butter) in the microwave for 2 minutes.  Lunch was great.  I felt great and was pumped up the entire afternoon.

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