The ABC’s of CSA
July 18, 2010
The Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition (MACSAC) is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect CSA farmers and eaters. MACSAC has two annual happenings. The CSA Open House offers member workshops and a CSA farm fair. Their pledge-based Bike the Barns event helps support their Partner Shares Program, which subsidizes CSA shares for low-income families.
“The Partner Shares Program is a unique initiative
aimed at improving nutrition by increasing access
to fresh, local vegetables and
supporting local farmers in southern Wisconsin.
Partner Shares provides financial assistance for fresh,
sustainably grown produce from local CSA farms.”
MACSAC’s “From Asparagus to Zucchini:
A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh, Seasonal Produce” is the perfect CSA companion. It is an educational guide as well as a cookbook. Recipes are organized alphabetically by vegetable and headed with a picture and species name for easy identification. The book offers natural history, storage information and preparation techniques for dozens of crops. Recipes from farmers and celebrity chefs alike are beautifully simple, bringing out the fresh flavor of the CSA season. Don’t skip over the “Food for Thought” section at the beginning, which illustrates the benefits of CSA that transcend taste. If you are a researcher like me, or want to learn more about food preservation, composting, food politics or gardening, head to the “Resources” list at the end of the book. If not, just use this versatile cookbook to enjoy the vegetables of the seasons.