Food Stuff

Illustration By Marianne Mancina

Although I have been a grown woman for some years, I’m still unreasonably delighted by even the hint of a present. Give me a wrapped box, and I may squeal like a little girl. That rather childish trait (which I prefer to think of as childlike) makes me wonder why I didn’t sign up for a community-supported agriculture (CSA) box years ago. Organic vegetables from a local farm may not be a Barbie dream house, but these days I find the former a lot more appealing, and I love the element of surprise when I open the box every week. One week, it might be an array of super-fresh greens, from curly spinach to chard to arugula. The next, it’s a bunch of spring onions, a bag of shelling peas, a bundle of asparagus and more. Several local farms have drop-off points or deliveries in the Sacramento area. To find a CSA near you, enter your zip code at