Adventure in a box.
There are some other words I could have chosen instead of 'adventure'.
Odd looking root vegetable.
All these things came in the CSA box I picked up yesterday.
I have had a few different kinds of food-box deliveries over the last few years. This was the first 'delivery' I had to pick up myself though. And you know what? I didn't mind. This delivery was unique. Other deliveries have sometimes been organic, some times not. Sometimes they have been all fruit or all vegies or a mix of both. Sometimes the delivery has been meat. None of them have lasted long. Usually because after a little while I begin to wonder, is this really worth it? Am I paying all this money for something I can't get anywhere else? Can I really afford this? Usually we run out of fruit and we have to go shopping anyway to satiate the ravenous appetite my monkeys have for bananas. My eldest once ate four bananas in 10 minutes and still wanted his breakfast.
The reason I am so excited about this food delivery is that, compared to ones I've had in the past, it is CHEAP. Significantly cheaper. Another reason is that everything in the box was grown within the local radius of the city I live in. I am fortunate that Brisbane is in a subtropical area and our local farmers will continue to harvest fruit and vegetables in some form or another all year round. Everything in this box is either certified organic, grown organically or chemical-free. None of it was imported so it is all fresh. The snow-peas taste like the ones I used to pick and eat straight from my mum's garden when I was a girl and we were sent out to 'graze'. Green sugar.
CSA stands for Community Shared Agriculture. The farmers who grew my fruit and vegetables can do it because there is a growing community who WANT their veges chemical-free and local and are prepared to invest money to get it. Sharing means sharing the abundance but also sharing the lack. Strawberries are out of season? So we wait until they're back in season and eat whatever else the farmer can provide in the meantime.
I am so excited to be a part of this community. By supporting these farmers I am keeping food on THEIR children's tables. This is real food, grown in a real way and sold for a real price. What we put on our table can change genuinely with the seasons. I can also, with a click of my mouse on the CSA's website, find out the names of the farmers who grew my food. There is even opportunity to go to the farms and visit my fruit and vegetables growing. Maybe I could take some herbs from my garden for a bit of a play-date with the vegies before they 'officially' meet each other in my kitchen.
It's called a dragon fruit. Luckily, my mother-in-law was here to identify it for me. Wikipedia identified it as a Pitaya.
Left to myself I would never have bought a dragon fruit. This is the adventure in a box I was writing about. It's the joy of receiving a gift like this. A new experience or taste sensation that I would never have chosen for myself. Something unusual to amaze me and remind me of God's wonder. Thank you.
After being asked which company supplied our food-box I decided to include their URL here:
I hope that helps.