A basket of raspberries for breakfast, carrots and radishes with a dusting of dirt for snack, egg salad with fennel fronds and celery over a bed of lettuce served for dinner. Yesterday's strategic eating day from my CSA box. The whites of my eyes glow extra bright today!

Twice a month it feels like Christmas. The excitement of picking-up my Oak Hill Farm of Sonoma CSA box at Blue Barn Gourmet (from The Farm to The Barn) never disappoints, especially this time of year. It's like the gift everyone wants - a box of local, sustainably grown, seasonal vegetables and fruits that out shine grocery store pickings in flavor, color and varietal.

This Week's Share:

Red Beets, Carrots, Celery, Rainbow Chard, Fennel, Lettuce, Zucchini, French Breakfast Radishes and Raspberries

David Cooper, Oak Hill's young and jovial farmer, is keeping up with Mother Nature. She seems to have lost her weather agenda or opted to improv through 2011.

The glory of being a member of a CSA (Community Support Agriculture) is that you learn an important, universal message, "You can't have everything you want, when you want it." So true when speaking of local produce - as non-materialistic as such a want may seem.

As the seasons change (or forget to change), so do the contents of a CSA box. From winter roots and squash, to summer berries, peppers and my favorite, tomatoes, let Mother Nature decide what you eat and when you eat it. What I love about my CSA box is that it invokes creativity in the kitchen or equally gratifying, it promotes eating more raw vegetables because well, they simply taste worlds better when fresh out of the ground.

Like candies on Christmas. 

For more information about Oak Hill Farm, please visit their website. To find a CSA close to your home, please visit Local Harvest.