I have been wanting to join a CSA for years. YEARS. So finally, I did it. Ok first I joined a really crappy one, and there was a worm family in my kale. After that I did my research and am now part of the fabulous Helsing Junction Farm. I am in love. Everything is clean, no worm families so far, fresh, and you get a TON for your monies worth.
For those of you not in the know, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. From Local Harvest:
Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
I’m on Week 3 of my CSA. This week the box included:
That looks like an awful lot for one person, and that’s after I split everything with my sister–we get a small share and split it, but they also offer a mini share and a large share depending on your family size/income. And if you’re super CSA inclined they have add-ons like fruit shares and flower shares. I’m guessing a good amount of this week’s’ bounty is going to turn into juice, and I’m hoping a salad to bring to my 4th of July gathering. One of the great things about Helsing Junction, aside from the amazing produce, is that the give you tons of recipes to help you use up everything. There may be bok choy crepes in my future. Because bok choy juice sounds disgusting.
If you’re interested in joining a CSA I suggest checking out Local Harvest. I also recommend asking around, I’m not naming names but Worm Family Kale was a bust, and Helsing Junction was found afterwords through my sister asking around on facebook. Facebook isn’t just for whining and cat videos, who knew!
Question: Are you part of a CSA? What do you do with all your veggies? How do you store them? Any wonderful recipe suggestions?