Last winter, my friend Lauryn from The Vintage Mom did a series of posts on her winter CSA, and it got me curious about joining a CSA myself this year. After talking extensively with Lauryn about my options (sorry for all the questions this winter!), I started exploring the CSA options in my area.
There were a few things I knew I wanted:
1. Convenient pick up location and times.
2. A share option that included fruit in the regular share price (some other CSAs include just veggies while others do fruit at an additional price).
3. A farm with a good reputation.
After doing some research, we decided on a local farm that met all three criteria. Another friend pinged me to see if I might be interested in “sharing” a share, so we decided to go in together on a bi-weekly, full share plan.
Our first pick up was last week – an assortment of kale, lettuce, spring greens, spring onions, rhubarb, strawberries, radishes, and asparagus.
Let’s be honest, the only things I knew HOW to eat were the strawberries, asparagus, lettuce, and kale. The spring greens even included bits that looked like my lawn – what am I supposed to do with that?!?
We’re learning how to use our share (I had radishes in my salad for the first time last week) and trying to eat local. We are not gourmet cooks, so if it can’t be grilled or eaten raw, we are often at a loss for what to cook.
Join me this summer as I explore CSA membership…I am sure there will be a lot of successes and a few major fails as we try to eat healthy and local. And hop on over to The Vintage Mom’s Locavore Living Link Up!