CSA Week 6
I can’t believe this is my 6th and final week of my CSA! In addition to sharing what I made with this haul, I wanted to share some of the thoughts on my overall experience.
- Supporting a local farm: If you’re not familiar with the concept of a CSA, you pay a fee to a farm up front and get a box of produce either every week or every other week. Some farms even include egg, milk, and meat as options in theirs. I love the idea of paying money directly to a small farm and supporting their business.
- Trying new produce: I got a lot of produce that I would have normally walked past at the grocery store or farmer’s market. This forced me to get out of my comfort zone and cook dishes with these unfamiliar ingredients. Not only did I discover some new-to-me vegetables, but I also will feel more comfortable moving forward buying and cooking different produce in the future.
- Volume of food: The sheer volume of food I received each haul was overwhelming (and my CSA is only every other week!). I tried my best to finish everything in the two week span before I got another batch, but I will admit that some of it did go to waste. It’s just my husband and me at home, and he’s picky about what vegetables he’ll eat, so I was left to try to finish most of it myself. I also didn’t let myself buy any produce that my CSA didn’t provide during this time period since I was getting so much already! That being said, that meant I went without some of my favorite vegetables this summer since my CSA farm did not grow them.
- Limited pickup window: My CSA’s pickup window was 3:30-7:30pm every other Tuesday. The earliest I could get there was 6pm, and depending on my work schedule, sometimes I was running in at 7:25 to make sure I got there before the distribution center shut down. If you have a flexible schedule this may not be an issue for you, but if you work a more traditional job like I do, it may be difficult to pick up your haul. I definitely recommend checking the pickup schedule before committing to a CSA.
Would I do it again? Yes, but not right now. I can totally see how participating in a CSA would be amazing for a family of 4 or more. You’d have a much easier time finishing all the produce, and could probably still supplement with other fruits and vegetables at the market, still without having any waste. While it’s still just my husband and myself, I think I will stick to the farmer’s market. That way I can still support local farms, but get a much more manageable amount of food for my household. The farmer’s market is also a great place to try new vegetables, so I plan on continuing to push myself out of my comfort zone and buying new things to try out.
Now to the food! Here’s what I got this week:
- 6 giant (and I mean giant) sweet potatoes
- 1 butternut squash
- 8 apples
- Fresh oregano
- Hakurei turnips
- 1 giant (and once again I mean giant!) Chinese cabbage
- 1 leek
And here’s what I made…
My Fall Kale Salad, which was inspired by this CSA haul!
Turnip, Apple, and Butternut Squash Soup from this website. This was my first time using turnips in a soup! They aren’t too strongly flavored, so they lend a nice hearty texture to the soup, while letting the flavors of the apple and butternut squash really shine. This was an easy, healthy soup that I ate for lunch at work all week.
I actually can’t take credit for this one, as my husband Matt came across this Bon Appetit recipe for Shingled Sweet Potatoes with Harissa, and we made it in a cast iron skillet because we straight up do not have room in our apartment for a baking dish. We didn’t have harissa on hand but it was really good anyway!
See ya later, CSA!