I love my CSA! Thats Community Supported Agriculture, for those of you who arent familiar with the term. Ive mentioned before that we share a CSA box with my sister and her husbandwe belong to Bluebird Gardens in Fergus Falls.
Well, this weekend was the sweet corn harvest event10 dozen ears of sweet corn per CSA share (along with each regular share you get four free harvest events). So we went to Bluebird yesterday and picked cornthere were about 6 of us (our parents came along to check it out and get some corn) so our picking only took about 10 minutes.
But, WOW, what amazingly good corn! The farm owner had been encouraging us to try it raw in the field (the raccoons preferred way!) and so we didit was fabulous! Ive never had raw sweet corn before, but it was just incredible. We did actually cook some up for supper, as well, and I havent had corn that good in probably 20 years. (I was only a toddler at the time.) I suppose its partly because it was so very freshI dont think Ive ever actually had corn that was literally just picked off the plant.
As we were cleaning up the supper dishes, my daughter, Geneva, and I were talking about it–its amazing how you get used to the tasteless, out-of-season produce from the grocery store after years and yearsits as if we like certain fruits or vegetables more because of what we remember they SHOULD taste like, not because of how they DO taste. She has never been a big vegetable or fruit eater, but shes a complete converteating raw peas and now raw corn right in the fieldbecause it tastes really, really goodsomething shes not really experienced a lot of before with fruit and vegetables. I will admit this is partly my faultuntil lately it was commonplace for me to buy peaches from Florida (or wherever) and apples from New Zealand without even thinking about itof course, theyre not going to be so fresh and tasty, theyre bred for travel, not for taste.
And Geneva will get plenty more opportunities to taste good, fresh, local food when we start picking our own tomatoes and digging potatoes, carrots, and beets. (Ok, she wont eat the beetsits a taste shes never acquired, nor has Trevorwhich just means more beets for me!) And I must say the potato plants are looking pretty goodI hope there are lots of spuds under there!