I’ve always wanted to get a regular delivery of farm fruits and veggies. I especially wanted to get a regular delivery of farm fruits and veggies after watching this film – The Real Dirt on Farmer John. Farmer John turns his farm into a “CSA” (Community Supported Agriculture) which means that a group of people have shares in his farm, receive produce and learn about food production. The idea really appeals to me, especially now that I have kids and I want them to understand where food really comes from. But because we’ve recently moved I’ve not had time to look into it. I mean, speaking frankly, I sometimes have trouble finding time to shower. A slightly disgusting but sadly true cliche about motherhood – am I right?!

So when my cousin, who lives locally, saved me time and bother and recommended a service that delivers a box of farm-fresh fruit and vege every fortnight (it’s as if she is a bit psychic actually, bless her) I was “in like Flynn”!! Four elements attracted me to the idea: 1) All produce sourced from local farms, including a dozen free-range eggs 2) The exact contents are a surprise…like a present! 3) Recipes are included for some of the less common items (thankyouverymuch) and 4) It’s all delivered to your door. Actually your countertop. See….

Did you check out the picture on the box on the bottom? A girl in a bikini eating celery. The slogan is “the WEIGH to go”. I guess it’s promoting celery as a diet food but it’s a bit weird? Even vegetables get marketed using girls in bikinis??? Did everyone else know that already? What next?! Anyway, I temporarily ignored that strange conundrum to open the lid…

In my $60 veggie box I got a whole bounty of produce. Lettuce, beans (broad and regular), mushrooms, kipfler pototoes, dutch cream potatoes, baby spinach leaves, eschallots, bananas, carrots, asparagus, garlic, eggplant, my lovely free range eggs, apples, pears, lemon and three bunches of herbs – parsley, thyme and dill.

I also ordered the $10 bonus fruit box. I mean, seriously, let’s go to town baby!! (Or the farm? You know what I mean. My enthusiasm runneth over and all that) It came with oranges and mangoes. Oh yes. I just had to share this photo with you. Look at that beauty! Are you cutting eyes at me, Ria Voros?

(Side musing: I could almost concede to mango justifying girls in bikinis advertising. It seems more fitting than celery somehow. Although maybe the celery needs it more. I mean mango is kind of luscious and sexy all on it’s own…) Aaaaaanyway.

B1 thought the herbs made a lovely posy. I tend to agree. Smelled divine too. A generous handful of thyme went into an omelette with feta and baby spinach leaves last night.

The recipes I received with my cornucopia were: Eggplant and Feta Salad, Lettuce, Egg and Fried Bread Salad, Lentil Salad with Beetroot, Goat’s Cheese and Dill, Eggplant “chips”, Salad of Broad Beans, Asparagus & Spinach and Bruschetta with Broad and Asparagus. Hmmm, they all sound good. I can’t decide. So –  am open to a vote. Which recipe should I make??

By the way, mad about food documentaries like I am? Check out this great list of top ten care of Lettuce Eat Kale.