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What is in a Summer CSA share?

When I signed up for my very first CSA share as a customer back in 2004, I really had no idea what I was getting into.

I was taking a leap of faith based on a paper brochure and a phone conversation with a farmer. 

Maybe you know what I felt like?

Of course, this was back before it was common for most small business to have a website full of more information on their products.

How To Make A Harvest Bowl And Eat It All Week

Are your eyes ever bigger than your stomach? (It's okay, mine so totally are!  Hehe!)

Do you ever have a big pile of veggies in your fridge that want to eat up before they go bad?

Do you have a CSA share and are determined to use it all up?

Or just want to get in a routine of eating more veggies in general?

Have I got an idea for you!

How To Make Stir-fries More Interesting

Picture this:

You have a fridge full of veggies, and you are busy and…

Them: Hey what’s for dinner?

You: Mmm, I think it’s going to be stir-fry again tonight…

Them: Oh, boring!

OR

That again!

Does this ever sound like your house??

Or maybe your husband says he “won’t eat plain stir-fry,” leaving you searching for a more creative way to use up the veggies in your fridge…

How I Preserve The Garden Fresh Taste I Miss The Most

Kids love rituals, right?

Well, my daughter used to have one every night that when she was ready to go get her father to read a book before bed, she'd run down the hall yelling “WHAT’S THE LOW TONIGHT, DAD?”

And even more humorously she invariably answered her own question with something not-so-seasonal-anymore like “probably sixty-six”.

We've had a few nights already where Gene answered her question with “29”. 

What To Do With All That Squash!

“What do I do with this big squash?”

A common question that we get from CSA members after a few weeks of fall squash distribution.

And I understand. Sometimes I can look at a pile of uncooked/unprocessed veggies… like squash… and feel at a loss, too.

Ugh! I only have so much time and creativity!

So one thing that helps me a ton is to just get the stuff cooked and into the fridge.

What?

Why Peppers Are One of The Best Veggies to Freeze

It’s September and your garden is cranking out harvests that taste so delicious that you want to hang onto everything as long as possible.

Or maybe your CSA farm has peppers ripening like crazy this time of year. We certainly have them by the bucketful here on our farm!

 

 

How To Make Pesto And What To Do With It

Pesto used to be an intimidating word to me.

I didn’t grow up hearing it often, except occasionally at an Italian restaurant. And even then I had no idea what it meant. Just that it sounded fancy.

This weekend, I had some leftover turnip greens, carrot tops, and basil in my fridge that were, well... needing to be used up. And not wanting to waste anything…

How to Eat More Salad, With Recipes

"What do I do with all of this lettuce?” 

One thing I can say for sure about most new CSA members, is that you report having to work to eat all of the veggies that come every week in the farm share. That it gets you eating more veggies than you have in your life.

And especially the lettuce can be a lot for some people, at first. This is even true of some seasoned CSA members…

How to Store Your Veggies to Make Them Last

“Hey, this kale is all limp!”

"These carrots are all rubbery!"

Have you ever said that? If you have, this post is for you!

If you haven’t, then either you already know some of this (yay!) or you haven’t had fresh greens or other veggies in your fridge very often.

Wilty greens or limp carrots aren't just unappetizing, they're also not as nutritious either.  And they plain just don't last as long or taste as good.

How to Make a Vegetable Frittata With Whatever You Have

Frittata? Does the fancy sounding word intimidate you?

One of my 3-year-old daughter’s favorite books is 'Fancy Nancy'. Anyone else know the one?? And with this post I feel rather like her…

“Frittata is a fancy way of saying an easy egg dish that you can put lots of veggies into and make fast!”

I think that the word 'frittata' probably did intimidate me growing up. I thought of frittata or quiche as something only the cutesy French brunch place could do right…

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