The secret to home cooking in Los Angeles, says aliris, is subscribing to Tierra Miguel. Tierra Miguel is a CSA (community supported agriculture) that brings subscribers regular deliveries of locally grown, organic produce. Essentially, says aliris, buyers are business partners with the growers.
Tierra Miguel’s vegetables are better than those at the organic groceries and the LA farmers’ markets, says aliris. “How good are the veggies? Well, I like to think of it this way: when I cook elsewhere buying the best organic and locally-grown vegetables I can find, my cooking still suffers,” says aliris.
And the variety is enormous, says aliris. The local farmers’ markets are a little more varied than the grocery stores, but not by a lot. Tierra Miguel’s deliveries, on the other hand, have oddities, heirloom varieties, and other stuff that you won’t see anywhere else. And the amount of high-quality vegetable you get for your dollar is a bargain, says aliris. theotherone agrees: “My years of subscribing weekly to TMF have been one of the greatest joys of my life–mostly for the challenge and exploration of the veggies.”
A subscription isn’t for everyone; you get a lot of vegetables with each delivery and don’t have much choice over the selection. You get what’s ripe each week, and that’s that. It’s sort of like, you know, actually living on a farm.
Tierra Miguel is located in the Pauma Valley east of Oceanside, and delivers to Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, and a few other areas in Southern California.
You can subscribe on the Tierra Miguel website.
Tierra Miguel Foundation [South of Orange County]
14910 Pauma Valley Drive, Pauma Valley