Back in June, I received my first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) delivery, or “box”. Every week since then I’ve been making the most out of my CSA bounty.
Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA as most call it, is a fantastic way to share in the harvest from local farms. Basically, you help the farmer by buying a harvest subscription. The fee is usually paid up front for a predetermined set of weeks, during which time the farmer shares their harvest with you. It’s a win-win for everyone! The farmer has a ready sale and you receive fresh, local seasonal foods. Most CSAs are fruits and vegetables, but there are also meat, eggs, cheese or honey programs.
It’s been a GREAT experience! Every week I receive fresh, local organic vegetables. Veggies picked either the night before or that morning. Now that’s fresh!! It’s all seasonal produce, so each time I pick up my share it is a little different than the week before. Most of what I’ve received are veggies that we usually enjoy. But there have been some new varieties for us like white cucumbers, orange tomatoes, Swiss chard and watermelon radishes.
How I’ve Gotten The Most Out Of My CSA
Oh I’ve been busy! 😀
I’ll admit, some weeks have been a challenge for me to figure out what to do with all the vegetables. But I always seem to find a way to use them all up in a week.
Each week has included different lettuces. That means more green salads for us. In fact the very first week we received a couple different lettuces and some strawberries. So I threw together a salad with slices of those strawberries, added some chopped pecans and made a quick balsamic vinaigrette. Perfect quick side dish! Later salads have included fresh blueberries and local goat cheese.
Speaking of blueberries, I was also able to purchase some in bulk along with my weekly delivery. I bought 2-10 pound boxes!!! I’m a crazy woman, I know 😉 How’d I make the most out of my CSA that time? I froze most of the berries, so I could enjoy them later in the year. A few quick breads were made for the freezer as well. I also created a couple new blueberry recipes – Nuts & Oats Blueberry Muffins made with whole wheat and wheat germ and Overnight Breakfast Steel Cut Oats.
There’s been kale to put in my morning smoothies. I’ve even tried kohlrabi in a smoothie. But wasn’t a big fan of that, so I stuck to eating them raw as a snack.
We had Zoodles! I created a side dish of spiralized zucchini noodles and fresh tomatoes that was absolutely FANTASTIC!! Watch for more zucchini recipes in the near future.
I’ve been eating a lot of sweet corn, which is always a treat! And we’ve been enjoying sauteed snap peas.
Today I tried my hand at making sauerkraut in mason jars with the head of cabbage I received. This is a new kitchen skill for me. Hopefully it turns out. We love sauerkraut, so if this batch is good I’ll be making lots more.
And tonight I’m making Chicken Alfredo with the fresh organic broccoli I received a few days ago, and another side dish of yummy green beans.
It is absolutely fair to say we’ve been eating a lot healthier. Not just because the veggies are certified organic, but because we’ve been better stocked with fresh goodies. I’ve actually been able to double my daily fruit and vegetable servings! Now I’m getting at least 2 servings of fruit and 4 servings of vegetables almost every single day 🙂
You can’t help but to eat healthier when you receive a CSA delivery!
What’s Your Favorite Way To Enjoy Fresh Vegetables?
Do you have any vegetable recipes you’d like to share or are looking for? Feel free to reach out to me through the contact form on the right or on my Contact page. I’d be happy to speak with you.
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Enjoy and Be Healthy!