Our New CSA

By on 2 October, 2013 in Kate and Stephen with 1 Comment

As long-time readers of Midtown Montgomery Living know, we’ve subscribed to the Red Root Farms CSA for our whole time living in Montgomery. This season, Red Root is taking a break from their CSA delivery (they say the plan is to return in the spring).

Inspired by Heather Coleman’s recent overview of local farm goodies, we decided to try out a new CSA because we love vegetables and want to support Alabama farmers. Also our schedules make it hard for us to make it to the Curb Market when it’s open. We’d hoped to get in on Porch Produce, since they support River Region farmers, but their CSA was full for this year.

So we turned to Grow Alabama. Based in Birmingham, this CSA delivers on Tuesdays to Vitamins Plus over by the Eastbrook Flea Market and Antique Mall. They offer several sizes of boxes, depending on your family size and vegetable needs. We decided to start out with the Gold Box. Though it’s meant for a family of 5-6, we’re vegetarians and cook basically every meal at home, so we thought it might be the best fit for us. We also opted in to get eggs every other week because fresh eggs are delicious. Their website is cool – you get to see what’s in the upcoming box and customize your order – for example, you can get extra tomatoes and 86 the rutabaga. This week we decided just to get what was coming to us. We couldn’t have been more pleased.

Our first Grow Alabama box

When we opened it, our jaws dropped. The goodies kept on coming – here, roughly from the left, you can see carrots, apples, sweet potatoes, a giant rutabaga, eggplants, a bag of field peas, some delicious-looking heirloom tomatoes, squash, baby bok choy, radishes, peppers, a sack of crimini mushrooms and a sack of mixed herbs, including cilantro and chives. Wow. So many amazing meals waiting to be cooked!

We immediately baked the sweet potatoes for tomorrow’s lunch. The eggplant will probably end up in a pasta dish, where they merge with garlic, lemon juice and hoisin sauce to make an exotic-tasting and summery dish. The tomatoes seem like they want to meet up with some of the season’s last garden basil and some fresh mozzarella, with just a little balsamic vinegar drizzled over the top. The bok choy and mushrooms will go well in any stir fry, and who knows what the future holds for the giant orb we assume is a rutabaga. You can see that we immediately started making plans for everything. I can’t see that this will go to waste in our household, but if it turns out to be too much, we can always opt for a smaller box.

The folks at Grow Alabama were nice to talk to on the phone when we inquired pickup places and timing, and they have several new offerings, including an all-organic box starting in November and an online grocery store. We’re thrilled to have the option to order this new CSA. It’s affordable for the volume and quality, and the best part is that you’re supporting Alabama farmers by eating delicious food.

Kate and Stephen are Midtown residents with two cats, a dog, four fish, a garden, an old house and a sense of adventure. They write about life in Midtown here and about life in Montgomery at their blog Lost in Montgomery.

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  1. Stephen Woerner says:

    My wife and I have been members of the local EATSouth CSA for the last two years. It’s great to be able to pick up produce grown here in Montgomery on local urban educational farms. The best part is that the money we spend on their CSA goes to support education programming for our local schools. Oh, and the produce absolutely ROCKS! Thanks for highlighting some of the other options available around town.

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