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 Post subject: CSA 2013!!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:19 am 
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I haven't seen a CSA haul thread this year yet, thought I'd start one. I always love seeing what's growing where and hearing what ya'll are making with your seasonal goods!

I got my first basket this week, so it was pretty small, but exciting yet! It included:

baby bok choy
chard
spinach
arugula
spinach
radishes with greens
carrots
dried black beans
cilantro

I'm looking forward to making lotsa tacos with radish salsa, salads, and a lovely stir-fry with that bok choy :)


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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:08 pm 
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It's not exactly a CSA, but I started getting organic produce delivered weekly. It's mostly local, and so far, I've been really impressed!

This week:

Fresh fava beans
zucchini
spinach
kiwis
apples
broccoli rabe
purple asparagus
rainbow carrots
leeks
radishes

I need to figure out what to do with the radishes. Fridge pickles maybe?

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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:10 pm 
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We're thinking about joining for this summer. Pick-ups start late May. I was thinking about starting a thread to ask what everyone's experience has been, but maybe you all can just answer me here. Totes worth it?


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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:58 am 
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Ack! I still haven't signed up for mine! It doesn't start until the beginning of June but still.

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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:12 am 
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I think it's totally worth it! I save $$ on groceries during the summer, have the excitement of trying new recipes constantly, am surprised at my ability to come up with ideas off the top of my head, feel good about supporting local agriculture and best practices, have awesome conversations with my farmer, and have been introduced to so many new veggies/foods as a result of it. Every time I get my new box I feel like a kid at Christmas--I've been participating in a CSA for years, and this hasn't dissipated at all! :) I would recommend it to anyone, assuming you like vegetables and feel comfortable cooking often!


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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:35 am 
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My box this week has:

Bell peppers
Eggplant
Fennel
Cucumbers
Green beans
Zucchini
Lettuce
Parsley
Potato
Pumpkin

Borrowed a juicer, so I upgraded to the large box this week. Excited!


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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:19 am 
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We need to sign up for a new CSA since we moved but are waiting until first paychecks come in. It doesn't start until late May/June though so it's ok. We loved our old CSA and I hope the new one will be as awesome.

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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:44 am 
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ours doesn't start til early June but we've signed up for an every-other-week veg share and fruit share. It's been a couple years since we did it because we weren't particularly happy with the state of some of the produce - a friend spoke to the farm people about it and they admitted that the really gorgeous stuff gets sold to the Union Sq greenmarket because they need to make $. That bums me out but I really just want an easy way to get maximum veg and fruit, and I like the challenge of figuring out what to do with all of it.


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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:24 pm 
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I get a veg box thing, but it all comes from one local farm (which is also stock-free/veganic/whatever you want to call it) so I guess it's kind of like a CSA, except you get it all year 'round and they're committed to give you x amount of stuff, so they will buy in other stuff to fill the "green gap" if they have to.

But ANYWAY, today I got:

lettuce
spinach
parsley
kale
purple sprouting broccoli
mixed salad leaves
leeks
spring onions
garlic
onions
carrots
and a pack of sprouted beans

Glad we're moving into spring veg, as I've been getting a bit sick of carrots, swede, parsnips, and winter squash. I mean, there are only so many roast dinners a girl can eat. Maybe.

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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:33 pm 
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I bought a half share for summer (late May through October). Excited!


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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:02 pm 
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So jealous! mine doesn't start until late June (damn upstate New York!)

and i totally agree about feeling like a kid on Christmas- the farm that does mine puts up a list of what's going ot be in the bags online on Thursday (pickup on saturday) and i STILL get excited opening it up!

The only bummer about my farm is i feel like the variety of vegetables is smaller than the lists some of you guys get, but other than that I love it! They did say that they have new varieties this year and have struck up a deal with another farm so we'll have berries, too. It's just for example, they gave up on trying to grow carrots because they just don't grow in the area. CARROTS! i mean they're super cheap to buy and i'd rather pay 99c/lb for organic carrots from the store and then get a couple lbs of red peppers every week, which are like $3.50/lb. i forgot what i'm even talking about. i love vegetables!


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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 6:43 am 
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Second box of the year! Still in the greens phase, but it's decidedly larger than the last one:

-two heads red leaf lettuce
-one beautiful head of geen lettuce
-a small bunch of turnips, with greens
-a bunch of baby red beets, with greens
-kale (my favorite!)
-a gallon bag of arugula
-a bunch of radishes, with greens
-spinach (lots!)
-cilantro

I did get to pick the herb, and looking back, I ought to have got tea leaves rather than cilantro... maybe I'll make quesadillas...


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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 1:43 am 
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I'm jealous of all of you getting yours already! My CSA doesn't start until June. I'm going with a new one this year. It's an urban farm that's also a non-profit that helps refugees in the area. The one I went with last year had a vegan option that I signed up for, but some weeks my bag would still have eggs or egg-laden pasta in it. And instead of giving more more vegetables instead of the non-vegan stuff, some weeks they'd give me veggie burgers and tofu. I liked it of course, but I can buy that stuff at the store; what I was expecting was locally-grown veg. I didn't realize a CSA would have so much non-vegan stuff. (Cheese or milk most weeks and even beef and whole chickens, "free range" of course! Ick!)


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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 4:46 am 
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My veg box this week had:
Leeks
White mushrooms
Nicola potatoes
Yellow pepper
Asparagus
Bunch of radishes
Courgettes
Spring onions

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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 10:32 am 
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We have our first pickup tonight! The tentative list is:

Spring mesclun
Baby bok choy
French breakfast radishes
Haukerei turnips
Rapinni
Spinach

I've been wanting to make the roasted turnip and shallot soup in one of Bryant Terry's cookbooks, so I'll do that with the turnips. Not sure about everything else!

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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 9:57 pm 
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Our new CSA is having a meet and greet at a local brewery to answer questions and get to know everyone. I love it already.

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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 7:46 am 
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Yay for meeting other CSA folks! Because of my schedule, I pick up my box at the farm every week rather than one of the scheduled drop-offs. This past week when I rolled up, the farmer was bottle feeding baby goats. So cute!!

I forgot to update my last box. It had:

-huge bunch of yellow radishes
-garlic scapes
-nappa cabbage
-three heads of lettuce
-arugula
-small head of broccoli
-a taste of sugar snap peas
-beets with greens
-kohlrabi bulb
-KALE
-spinach
-mint


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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:08 am 
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Sorry I keep resurrecting this thread; I'm hopeful other people's CSAs are starting up now that June is here!

Yesterday I got:

-onions
-beets with greens
-four crowns of broccoli
-two heads of lettuce
-kale
-kohlrabi bulb
-fennel bulb
-sugar snap peas
-head of cabbage
-carrots
-oregano


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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:11 am 
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I got my first one last week!

Chive blossoms
Oregano
Spinach
Mixed baby lettuce
Mustard greens
Collard greens
Radishes
Kale

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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
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Chive blossoms are a thing? We have a bunch of chives in the garden that are blossoming all over the place. Should I be doing something special with them?


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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:01 am 
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I'm intrigued by the chive blossom as well...


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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
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We got our first one last week while I was Internetless. It's our first time, so we just did a half-share, which is the same amount of food, just every other week instead of every week. It's making us exactly 6 meals, so we'll still have to shop for groceries this week, so we may consider doing the full share next year if that seems to be the case every time

We got:

red leaf lettuce
green leaf lettuce
red russian kale
rainbow chard
broccoli
cabbage
green onions
strawberries!


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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:58 am 
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I've gotten chive blossoms in my csa before too. I'm more about the chive itself, but it was fun to throw flowers into my salad.

This was my second week and I got:
strawberries
lettuce
bok choy
spinach
scallions
turnips


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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:57 am 
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Got my first one last week! Half-share from Enterprise Farm in Whately, MA.

Rhubarb
Baby Bok Choy
Kale
Collards
Spinach
Red Leaf Lettuce
Radishes

I think it'd be fun if we also posted anything interesting we made with CSA veggies/fruits!

For instance, this week I made strawberry-rhubarb pie, as well as rhubarb syrup for cocktails - yum.


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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2013!!
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:27 pm 
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jealous of your rhubarb!! I haven't made anything fancy with my veggies yet this time around, but I did find that braised cabbage pairs nicely with chickpea cutlets!

The most excited thing I've done is a lentil soup with the fennel, carrots, and onion.


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