Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture… What’s that you ask ?

Well according to according to Wikipedia-

Community-supported agriculture (CSA; sometimes known as community-shared agriculture) is an alternative, locally-based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA also refers to a particular network or association of individuals who have pledged to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit, in a vegetable box scheme. Many CSAs also sometimes include herbs, cut flowers, honey, eggs, dairy products and meat. In theory a CSA can provide any product to its members, although the majority of CSA tend to provide produce and other comestibles. Some CSAs provide for contributions of labor in lieu of a portion of subscription costs

Enjoy Real Food by Real Local Farmers!

This last spring I had the opportunity to join a local  CSA.  A friend of ours told me about the farm that was no far from my house , right in the heart of one of Oklahoma City’s  most exclusive neighborhoods.

I called and took a tour of Guilford Gardens.  This place is amazing and looks like a story right out of Southern Living magazine.

I decided to sign up and be committed to be part of their program and take a weekly delivery of vegetables that are grown all naturally.  Each week I receive a “Basket” with what is ready and ripe.  We don’t select  our own items, they fill our bags with what is ready to harvest and deliver it to my door every Wednesday.

It has been the most incredible experience.  I literally have tried more new vegetables and weeds (seriously) than I have  in the last 10 years.  I’ve cooked new foods and enjoyed the challenge.

My first CSA delivery

CSA delivery

Over the next few weeks,  I will include recipes of some of the favorite things I have cooked and photos of more of the goodies.

So, go ahead and find your local  CSA in your city (google it) and support your local farming community. Most CSA’s farm organically .. although many are not ” certified organic”  due to the cost of the certification and oversight.

 

 

 

Assess the Mess : The Storms in Life Make us Strong

 

014This last Sunday , our pastor talked about the storms that have come in our lives.  He talked about Noah and how we typically think about how God wiped out everything on the earth instead of how God saved Noah and his family along with  two of every species from destruction.

It’s amazing how a small shift in thinking could change the way that we handle things in our own lives. If we only took the time to assess the mess!

A dear friend of mine recently became unemployed.  I can’t imagine how she feels, looking for employment in today’s work place would not be fun.  I’m sure she is wondering how this could happen to her, she’s 60 – its not time for a career change!

Funny thing is, she really disliked her job almost everyday.  It was extremely stressful and she never would have left, she would have continued to try to just take it!

We all get stuck in situations and places we don’t need to be. We tell ourselves it will change.

What if she took  a new look at the situation from the view that my pastor spoke …  she might be really grateful that God has haven her an opportunity to find something that is better suited for her or that God is gracious enough to spare her from the stress.

I have things in my life that need a shift, I wonder how long it will take me to see how God has arranged the challenges for my good?

Assess the mess

Our pastor continued to talk about strength and how we  gain it.  He explained about how ancient boat makers carefully choose  trees from the top of the mountain where they had endured the roughest storms.  The storms had strengthened  the trees limbs and its roots, in turn making the wood really strong.  Perfect for a boat that could encounter rough seas.

How have the storms in your life strengthened you?

One of the things that I love about being older is that you are wise enough to know that you can endure just about anything because you have been there and done it!

Fill in the blank__________.  You have achieved so much and had the odds stacked against you more than once!

Is it time for you to get a new view?

How are your trails become the training ground from your new strength?

TEST and See…

A Weekend with Ree Drummond

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What does former city girl from a teeny tiny town in Oklahoma do?  She gets smart and creates an empire that fits her life just where it is. I’m talking about Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Women.  I don’t personally know Ree, but I do know that she is a genius!

She hast worked really hard creating a brand for herself (blogging, Celebrity Chef and photographer extraordinaire) in the middle of nowhere, Oklahoma. Like thousands of others, I had been watching Ree on her Food Network hit show as well as her blog, The Pioneer Woman.

I’ve purchased one of her cookbooks and I  followed her on Facebook and Twitter.  I have often wondered, could this lady really be as laid back and easy going as she seemed AND have this Blogging/TV/Cookbook empire? Well its true!  She is incredible and the real deal folks!

OSU Wine Forum Event

Last Spring,  Ree was the Celebrity Chef for the Oklahoma State University Wine Forum. Every two years, This event is put together by students in the Hotel & Restaurant Administration School at OSU, to help raise scholarship funds.   Each Forum has a celebrity chef that selects the menu, helps host a sit down dinner fundraiser that kicks off the weekends events.

It's a Happy Day - Ree Drummond

The 2 day Forum includes wine tastings/ education from vintners, a session with the Celebrity Chef and concludes with another wine tasting and delicious food tastings by featured chefs. Our Friday evening dinner was a menu put together by none other than Ree, herself.

She served as a mentor while the student, themselves, prepared & served the food, poured the wine, decorated the room and checked in all the ticket holders.  Ree attended the event with her mother who had attended Oklahoma State a few….years ago.

The dinner was just as you would expect, tasty, hearty Oklahoma-style food!

I have to say Ree was an absolute delight as she chatted with all of us about getting prepared for the event, working with the students and finally ” having to put on her Spanx” so she could stand before us!

I patiently waited until after dinner to make my way over to say,” Hello”. I was really excited and had brought with me my brand new Canon Rebel camera (which I had no idea how to use) .

We got ready for the picture and Ree , being the amazing person that she is,  stopped my husband who was trying to use this new camera. She  said, “Hey wait, let me see the camera.  I want to be sure you get a good picture. Let me set it for you and you just press here….”

Thanks to Ree, we got a picture for me to show everyone. How cool is that?!

That’s when I knew she really was just as nice as she seemed. We took a couple more shots and I  chatted with her and her lovely mother.  They both were genuine and sincere.

The following day, I attended the session featuring Ree ….   Let me tell you, she was funny!

She put together a power point type presentation with photos which told the story of her life and how a picture of “Marlboro Man’s” butt kept showing up in the slides by accident!  (Or so she says?) It was an hour of lots of laughter as she revealed how “The Pioneer Women” we know came to be.

It was a real treat, she has the gift of gab and is seriously funny! Our time with Ree concluded with a book signing and treats provided by Ree has we waited in line!  Yummy! See how fun the day was-

 

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Sweet Ree is signing my book!

And she is still telling me a funny story...

And she is still telling me a funny story…

This was a really FUN weekend!   The Okie girl made it big! Thanks Ree:)

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