About Brooklyn’s Bounty

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What is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Sponsored Agriculture, and it’s an incredible way for city residents to gain access to fresh and local produce, which can often be in low supply in dense city neighborhoods. Each member purchases a share of a local farmer’s crop by paying in advance for the season, and commits to picking up produce once a week or once every other week.

Why Brooklyn’s Bounty?

I’ve been wanting to join a CSA for a long time, but have spent all of my recent summers out of town working in regional theatre. With this summer free, I was thrilled to learn that there is a fabulous CSA in the neighborhood we just recently moved to in Brooklyn — Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Check out the PLG CSA if you’re in the neighborhood, or head on over to our list of Brooklyn CSAs if you’re nearby.

I love the idea of a CSA for several reasons:

  • This neighborhood (and our previous Midtown Manhattan ‘hood, for that matter!) is not the easiest place to find delicious and fresh produce. As a vegetarian who loves to cook, having high-quality and affordable veggies to cook with is a big priority!
  • I’m always up for a challenge, and getting a basket full of veggies that I may not be familiar with already to use up before the next week sounds like a Julie & Julia-style weekly cooking assignment that I’m excited to tackle!
  • One of my favorite parts of our new neighborhood, PLG, is that community is a priority. I’m looking forward to using the weekly CSA pick-up and this blog to meet new neighbors and hopefully develop relationships with people who share some of my interests.

I’ve been sharing my cooking successes and favorite recipes on social media for some time, and have often been told that I should be blogging about it. Plus I’ve heard from several people that they’ve joined CSAs in the past and struggled with what to do with unfamiliar or abundant produce, so it seems like sharing my creative recipes for using up your local CSA produce would be helpful! At least I hope it is.

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