15 November 2007

Non-Local Eating, or This is Not the CSA

I'm home sick today, and the doorbell just rang. It was the mailman, with a box that was too big for the mailbox.

Within?

Meyer lemons, persimmons and baby artichokes - mailed from California by a friend, out of the blue, unexpectedly. I am delighted and flabbergasted and excited.

Thank you, Alisha!

16 comments:

Type (little) a said...

OK, what are Meyer lemons? And what is a CSA? A co-op, I'm guessing. Are you a loca-vore?

Emily R said...

I love persimmons.

Magpie said...

Type (little) a, and any one else:

Check here for my description of the CSA - yes, it's a little like a co-op.

I'm not a strict locavore, but more and more I've been trying to pay attention to where stuff comes from.

And meyer lemons? A thin skinned perfumy lemon that doesn't travel well, so doesn't make it to the East Coast often.

motherbumper said...

very nice and I dream of joining a local CSA - but settle for getting my own at the local farmer's market.

Suz said...

I was recently given a persimmon, but was completely stymied when it came to easting it. I thought they pealed and ate like oranges? Not so, apparently.

Irish Goddess said...

Isn't that the best feeling?

Alisha said...

Yay.
I am soo pleased. They are the first lemons I've seen this season, and I instantly texted Melissa for your address.
For the record, that entire gorgeous crop of produce cost me a whole FOUR dollars.
We may pay ridiculous rent in San Francisco, but the produce is practically free.....
And I just dragged home a box of persimmons from a co-worker, who has an orchard of fruit trees.
If you know anyone that wants any, I'm happy to ship them.....

jen said...

what a terrific surprise.

painted maypole said...

so much good eatin' at your house!

susan said...

I hope all the beautiful food gets you feeling better quickly!

slouching mom said...

Oh, the artichokes! I'm drooling!

Scribbit said...

Can Alisha be my friend too those look heavenly. I've always wanted to try a good persimmon, I've only had one once and it wasn't pleasant and I'm told that I need to try a good one.

pinknest said...

oh lucky!!! this is a gorgeous array. and how nice that you got it when you're at home sick. hope you feel better soon.

alejna said...

Oh, wow. What a gift. I loooove artichokes. And the whole array looks so pretty.

Veronica Mitchell said...

Yum.

So that locavore thing - is this a California invention intended to bedevil us northerners? I considered trying it for "Eat Local" month last year, but it was MAY. By May all we would have would be old turnips and potatoes.

Alisha said...

Although yes, I think the localvore is a challenge for anyone outside Northern California, it's still a change in mind set for me as well.
My goal is to only buy produce at the farmer's market, or at least to only buy seasonal produce if I'm in a pinch.
For example- I may *want* asparagus from Mexico in September, but I'll only buy it when it's in season, February through April.
It's an effort to make a smaller footprint and reduce wasted energy and packaging.