Teikei the French Way

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Teikei is a system of community-supported agriculture in Japan, where consumers purchase food directly from farmers. When these groups emerged in the 1960s there was a general climate of environmental issues and distrust of the quality of food in the conventional food system.

It is quite similar to community-supported agriculture In the western world. In France the name is AMAP and a local group was created a few weeks ago.

The farmer is a young lady who joined her parents’ farm a couple of years ago but has chosen to grow organic produce. To begin with there are 25 individuals or families in our group but it is expected to grow to 35 fairly rapidly.

Each of us has signed a contract with the farmer and we get a basket of organic fresh produce, complete with eggs, each week. Every Thursday we go to a house in my hometown where the produce are brought by the farmer and distributed by two group members.

The first distribution was today. Here is what we got:
– 1 kg of rosabelle potatoes – a variety of red potatoes
– 1 kg of Swiss chard
– 1 bunch of carrots
– 2 lettuces
– 1 bunch of parsley
– half a pound of red currants
– 6 eggs

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16 thoughts on “Teikei the French Way

  1. Oh, they do that here, at Rutgers! I think they call it a cooperative. I was tempted at one point, but you always get whatever is available, when it is available. So I never did it.

    The eggs are a nice touch.

    • We have a schedule of what is grown each month on the farm and apparently recipes will be distributed when there are unusual items.
      The eggs were an option but because we eat so many (in omelets, cakes or loaves) I definitely chose it.

  2. It looks delicious! I was actually thinking of doing something similar over here, but feel hesitant because it would be more difficult to do my menu planning, which I really feel is helpful for me. Anyways, I’m so glad you’re able to benefit from farm-fresh food! How lovely!

  3. It is nice to see that other countries participate in this type of produce-based community event.

    They have something similar in SoCA, called a cooperative, and also called community gardening.

    I love your photo.

    • I added some parsley to steamed fish for lunch. I made carrot cumin salad for tonight and plan to make a potato salad with the potatoes. I have found a recipe for a vegetarian loaf for the Swiss chard. Finally I will serve the red currants with raspberry ice cream and meringue.

  4. That’s great! Aside from healthier food that’s better for you, the environment and your community, this also makes you try preparing/eating new dishes that you would never have thought to try before. Enjoy! 🙂

  5. We joined a csa about a month ago, and we love it! No eggs, but lots of vegetables that I never would have noticed in the grocery store 🙂 It’s a lot of fun! And a lot tastier than our previous non-organic veggies.
    Enjoy!

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