Friday, June 17, 2011

Community Supported Agriculture in Kathmandu

As our regular readers know, we recently uprooted ourselves and moved into a new apartment. If only we could have uprooted our old haunt's vegetable garden and taken it with us. I miss the days of walking into the backyard to pick dinner. Eventually we will be procuring some potted greenery for our terrace and rooftop here, taking care to add herbs and perhaps lettuces to the decorative plants and flowers. For now we will have to satisfy our salad cravings and need to embody the yuppie cliche with the culinary offerings from our friends' new CSA (community-supported agriculture). In brief, a CSA is an operation through which customers commit (often for a season) to paying a fee for a weekly batch of fresh produce, usually from local organic farmers. We were excited when we found out that our friends' organic, urban farm in Kathmandu would be issuing fruits of the harvest in a new CSA. Organic produce is still just catching on here (in a display of ignorance, I was actually surprised that they had ever moved away from organic techniques), and getting a weekly dose while supporting our friends' passion project would be a welcome treat. Just look at the first week's haul.

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Hey green thumbs and foodies, can you name the offerings? I'll give you some hints.

Thyme
Thyme after thyme I mistake the identity of this herb (psst: it's oregano).


Rosemary
Rosemary's baby.


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We got the beet.


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TLC: T-Boz, Left Eye (RIP), and...


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St. Basil's (fragrant, delicious) Cathedral.


Cilantro and peppers
Cilantro. Nothing rhymes with cilantro.


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Spinach roots (trick question).


For those of you still reeling: yes, I threw in a TLC reference when talking about my awesome CSA vegetables. Have a great weekend, but don't go chasin' waterfalls.

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