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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is part of a growing social movement that encourages urban & rural citizens to share responsibility for the land where their food is grown as well as how their food is produced. In simplest terms,

CSA is a partnership between agricultural producers and consumers.

Members or “shareholders” pay a fee at the beginning of the growing season to meet a farm’s operating expenses for the upcoming season. In return, members receive a portion of the farm’s produce each week throughout the growing season. 

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Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

1 1/2 pounds fresh tomatillos
5 fresh serrano chiles
3 garlic cloves, unpeeled
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1 large onion, coarsley chopped
2 teaspoons coarse salt


Preheat broiler.

Remove husks from tomatillos and rinse under warm water to remove stickiness. Broil chiles, garlic and fresh tomatillos on rack of a broiler pan 1 to 2 inches from heat, turning once, until tomatillos are softened and slightly charred, about 7 minutes.

Peel garlic and pull off tops of chiles. Puree all ingredients in a blender.

Salsa can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.

Makes about 3 cups.

Gourmet
November 1999

*One of the salsas entered in salsafest 2006 was the result of this recipe, courtesy of The Waters/Meyer family. It was great!