Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Our First CSA Drop-off

A few months ago I heard about a local CSA on the radio. CSA stands for Community-supported agriculture. Essentially, they are a way to support local agriculture and get fresh produce (and meats, poultry, eggs, and dairy of you want) that hasn't lost vitamins due to being off the vine too long. Members of a CSA pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the coming harvest. Once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of produce.

After speaking with my husband about it, we decided it would be worth the approx $22 per week to be members and receive fresh local produce delivered to our door. Since there are only 2 of us, I signed up for a "small" portion and received my first delivery today:
I was warned last week that the lettuces were doing well, so I needed to expect lots of them. One of the things I've been most excited about is getting new types of fruits and vegetables that I need to learn how to cook. So after receiving my produce today, I spent some time looking for new recipes to incorporate all of them.

Brothy Chinese Noodles
I found this Chinese noodle recipe which will use up the bok choy and green onions. In fact, I'll only need to buy a few ingredients, as I have most of them already.

I love spinach, but usually only eat it in a salad. Since I've got plenty of lettuce already, I decided I wanted to cook the spinach. Is it sad that I've never done that before? I found a nice simple recipe for cooked spinach, and that will use up the 2 big bunches of it that we received
Yummy cooked spinach
As for the lettuces, I will be making one (or a few) of my famous salads.

I ended up getting the default veggies this time, but this weekend I can actually go online and customize my delivery for next week.

If you are interested in joining a CSA or buying more of your foods locally, check out Local Harvest if you live in the USA.


  1. We did a CSA last summer as I was unable to spend much time in the garden as I had a baby at the beginning of the summer. It was a great experience and we had a lot of fun trying new recipes to incorporate the vegetables.

    I think you will enjoy it as well!

  2. I'm looking forward to seeing more about how you like it! I think I'd like it only if I got to specifically pick what would be in my pack. I heard from some friends that they were getting a lot of lettuce, and lettuce and salad are not my thing! The bok chow and spinach looks good though!

  3. Ooh that all sounds yummy! I love bok choy =)


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