by Cynthia Graber
This is Cynthia, another member of this blog’s food-adoring trio. When April suggested starting what we eventually decided to call Wicked Tasty Harvest, I was thrilled. There’s little I love more than food: eating it, cooking it, sampling it in restaurants, talking about it, writing about it, reading about it, playing with it. This blog will give me an opportunity to do all of the above. And I’ll have a great excuse to quiz many of my favorite farmers and cooks.
I’ve never had a CSA before. I’ve seen how much comes in a full share, and it was simply too much for a single person. Even a half share! Beyond that, there are farmers markets in Cambridge and Somerville literally every day of the week. If I need something fresh, I can find it. I love wandering over to Central Square on Monday or Harvard Yard on Tuesday afternoon, catching up on whatever else I need in Union Square on Saturday mornings. I’ll even hop on my bike over to Copley to visit farmers there on a sunny Friday afternoon.
But I was recently offered a single person’s share of a CSA, slightly less than half, and I jumped at the chance. I want to support local farms, and I like the idea of being forced to just use what they grow. I’ll be sharing all those thoughts with you, and all the recipes I invent or tweak as I cook my way through our amazing food season. And I can still walk over to the markets in my neighborhood to catch up with farmers and supplement whatever I receive.
To give me an outlet for the excitement bubbling up at the thought of the greens poking their heads through the earth, I recently took a cooking class with Ana Sortun of Oleana and Sofra fame. We learned about New England’s very earliest wild greens, ones I’ve never cooked with before. And I’m a huge fan of greens. Post about the class to come soon…