It was strange not to go get my CSA share today. Without it all I’ve got is a fridge full of swiss chard and onions and a feeling that I’m going to have to go grocery shopping soon. Our CSA has been great this year and I’m definitely signing up for another half-share for next year. There were a few downsides (like the pick up location, it took forever to get home after work) but overall it was a really positive experience. I feel like I got my money’s worth and I liked cooking with all the local vegetables we got. I probably never would have BBQed garlic scapes, made sauerkraut or had sunchokes in my turkey soup without the CSA. We always had an abundance of veggies in the house and I think we ate better because of it.
Here’s a little recap of what we got this summer. For a few fun statistics:
Number of new vegetables tried: 4 (garlic scapes, sorrel, beet greens and sunchokes)
Most common vegetable: potatoes (11 deliveries) followed by swiss chard (8 deliveries) and onions (8 deliveries)
Most useful vegetable: spinach and potatoes (we don’t grow any)
Least used vegetable: radishes – every week it was a struggle to eat them
Thing I wasn’t expecting: to love having fresh flowers for my house every week! I rarely have flowers in the house, but I’m inspired to grow some now.
And the vegetables, by week: