Buy local. Cook one dish. Share recipe.
Looking back, bcofresh was so 2008. “Locavore” and “Slow Food” were new ideas to many, and everyone was reading Michael Pollan and visiting the Farmer’s Market, often for the first time. bcofresh was envisioned as a form of discipline for the writer, a protocol for staying true to local ingredients instead of succombing to far more convenient options. By and large this was successful, and bcofresh did manage to deliver a new ingredient and recipe every week for an entire season.
Now “farm-to-table” is all the rage and carefully curated local food is ubiquitous. Grocery stores increasingly blur the line between local/organic and conventional food, but it still stands to reason that a local farmer is the best source for local food. Farmer’s markets are the obvious source, but Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares are an increasingly popular way to buy local food direct from the farmer. Some advantages to both farmer and consumer are obvious, but many interesting questions about confronting a weekly box of seasonal food are rarely addressed. Is a share a better deal that an equivalent amount of food purchased from the Farmer’s market? Can the food be consumed without waste? Will the bounty in a particular week be diverse enough to please?
bcofresh v2.0 will address these burning questions as it chronicles a weekly CSA share from Black Cat Farm in Boulder, Colorado.