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Real Men… join a CSA.

What is a CSA, you ask?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.

It is basically a partnership between the consumer and the farmer. We, the consumer, pay in advance for a share of the farmer’s harvest. Twice a month we receive a box of veggies. In turn, the farmer is able to cover their overhead or start a special project.

Our favorite part is that they deliver the box of veggies to a pick up spot just down the street from our home. Since becoming vegan, we go through a ton of veggies and this helps us stay local, organic and seasonal. We mix that with what we pick up at the grocery store and tah-dah, we are healthy!

There are a few different grocery delivery services out there. There are also other CSA’s out there as well. We decided to partner with Johnson’s Backyard Garden.

First, these guys are always out in force at the farmer’s market. They have a ton of variety and they are trying to continue to grow. That’s where we come in…

By joining their CSA, they are able to move quicker towards their goal of building out their facilities. Plus, it’s just cool to buy our organic veggies straight from the source.

Checkout their website. Go meet them at the farmer’s market. And support your health and your local farmer by purchasing their produce–total win-win!

We got our first box today and it is badass. Or at least as badass as a box of vegetables can be.

Take a look at the box and all the great veggies we got below:

JBG CSA Box November 1st. 2011

JBG Share - Side of the box.

JBG - bottom of the box.

JBG's Stash this week. Click here to see their pic of the spread.

This box contains… drum roll please…

Radishes
Broccoli Raab
Salad Mix
Tomatillos
Green Beans
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Okra
Beets
Rainbow Chard
Onions

If you are going to consider joining a CSA near you, I highly recommend getting to know your farmer before getting involved. The up front cost means you are locked in for the year. Not all CSAs work this way, many offer a variety of options to make it easy for you to join. We chose the year long commitment because of the cost effectiveness. Each box costs us around $28 each.

We are going to go check out Johnson’s Backyard Garden’s operation soon and maybe even help plant and harvest the crops. Real men are definitely planters and harvesters.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

If you have any tips for joining a CSA, please share in the comments.

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Coming soon to a blog near you… a price by price comparison of the cost of buying the same organic veggies we got from our local farmer, from our local grocer.

Real men… eat pumpkin seeds.

With Halloween just around the corner, it is time to begin the ritual of carving those pumpkins.

The picture below is the best efforts of some of my friends. I carved the cat pumpkin in the middle for Melody.

Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, are highly nutritional and easy to prepare. When you’re scooping out all those pumpkin guts, separate out the seeds. Rise them off in a strainer. Then toss them in a bowl with some olive oil and whatever seasoning you have around. We were at a friends house and used their steak seasoning (sans the steak).

Think about chips or corn nuts and the different ways they are seasoned… now apply to pumpkin seeds.

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees, spread the seeds over a cook sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes.

Not only do the seeds provide a great mid-day snack, they are packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and numerous health promoting antioxidants.

Now… more pictures of the pumpkins. And yes, real men carve pumpkins too.

Real Men… go to the Farmer’s Market

I am proud to say that our farmer’s market right down the road got voted as one of the top farmer’s markets in the country. #11 to be exact…

The Barton Creek Farmer’s Market is a relatively new market on the scene. There are about 5 farmer’s market in and around Austin.  We love it because it is right down the street, everyone is very friendly and they have the widest selection of veggies, prepared foods and plants.

The good people at The Daily Green came out with the list.

Click here to see the list.

Go check out the Top 13 and then go check out your local farmer’s market.

5 quick tips for a better market experience:

  1. Go hungry (some of the best breakfast around)
  2. Bring cash
  3. Bring reusable bags
  4. Ask for samples
  5. And negotiate whenever possible.
Want to find a farmer’s market near you? Click here: http://tinyurl.com/nu4y34.

Real Men Juice

Have you had your juice lately?

More importantly, have you had your homemade, fresh from the juicer juice lately?
Forget pills, multi-vitamins, diet plans, etc. Drink juice. It has everything you need in it. In fact, this guy lost a ton of weight and made a movie about it!

Click the pic to see his story.

 

Stream the movie on Netflix or Amazon Prime…

 

Need Energy? Drink juice.
Need to cleanse? Drink juice.
Want your skin to glow? Drink juice.

 

Here’s my favorite juice recipe right now:
  • 1 lemon, remove peel
  • celery
  • kale or spinach or both
  • cucumber
  • apple
  • carrots

 

It tastes like lemonade without all the sugar. Enjoy!