I ❤️ MY CSA

  1. If you're not familiar with the term, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.
    It's a way for people to buy local, seasonal produce directly from a farmer. You pay for a subscription/membership (often referred to as a share) and get a weekly box of veg, and sometimes fruit or other goodies like eggs, honey, or cheese. More info here: http://www.localharvest.org/csa/
  2. In our particular case, the farm in our town (in suburban NJ) is not large enough to support a CSA entirely by itself, so it provides what it can and sources the rest of the produce and other goods from local farms/stores.
  3. We have the option to add eggs to our box, and each week most members get an additional something, like goat cheese, granola, spices, or pizza dough!
    (We trade ours for extra produce because of food allergies.)
  4. Our CSA director sends us an email every Sunday outlining what we will get for the week, so we are able to plan our meals and food shopping around what vegetables we're getting.
    She also provides a weekly newsletter with recipes! She's a gem.
  5. I love it because it makes me try vegetables that I would have passed by in the store, and it definitely forces me to be more creative with cooking. We cook with something from our box almost every day. Plus, everything is SO fresh!
  6. Here's what we got in this week's box:
    It's a "small". There is also a large box which contains 2-3 more items than the small box.
  7. Cabbage
  8. Lettuce
    Edit: This picture looks so unappealing! Tastes better than it looks I guess. 😂
  9. Beets
  10. Asparagus
  11. Leeks
  12. Mint
  13. Strawberries
  14. Honey
  15. And here's what my fridge looks like today.
    The green bags are full of farm vegetables. It's a bit overwhelming on the first day, honestly. And I still have some kale and herbs left over from last week. But once we start cooking, the biggest bunches of greens will be out of the way.
  16. (If that seems like a crazy amount of vegetables, you can often find someone to split a share with you.)
  17. Support your local farmers! ❤️🚜🌽🍓