We picked up our first CSA share yesterday. For those of you who don’t have the pleasure of living near the source of your fruits and vegetables, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It’s a way for folks like me to invest in the hard work of local farmers. In the winter or early spring, long before anything is green in the fields, you pay for a “share” in the farm’s harvest. Once the growing season begins, the farm staff distribute some of their crops to the shareholders. Our farm started its distribution a bit ahead of the others, so there wasn’t a huge amount in the flat. Nonetheless, it’s a fabulous beginning to the season. Bok choy, spinach, perfect strawberries, honey from their own bees, fresh eggs, lettuce, scallions, and one tomato. There’s something about that single tomato that holds such promise for the summer. Bright red, smelling like soil and sunshine, just waiting to be chopped into salsa, pureed into gazpacho, or tossed with a salad. I realized that most of the cookbooks and magazines I’ve bought recently are all some variation on “farm-to-table” or whole foods. Although we certainly do keep some processed foods in the house (hello, Cheez-Its!), I love keeping the focus of our meals healthy, fresh, locally produced. Now for the fun part–deciding what to do with all these gorgeous green and red wonders.