This summer hubs and I decided to sign up for our very first CSA with Round the Bend Farm. This is our third week and I have been thrilled so far.
Heading to the farm on Saturday morning (adorable nephew in tow) has become a highlight of our weekends. We walk the grounds, visit the animals, browse the market, often picking up some fresh turkey products as well.
The quantity and selection of vegetables (plus some fruit) has been even better than I hoped. It is honestly a challenge for hubs and I to get through our haul (which is the half-size share) every week. But I am always up for this kind of challenge! 🙂
The best part is being “forced” into creativity in the kitchen. For a long time I have been stuck in a rut of buying the same veggies every week from the grocery store. With the CSA, I get all kinds of selection that I probably would not have picked myself. Bonus that I know it’s all fresh and locally grown. I had never purchased some of these foods myself (radish, swiss chard and rhubarb, for example) or even heard of them in some cases (kohlrabi or rapini). It’s opened up my
eyes taste buds to a whole new world of nutritious, tasty foods and different ways of eating them.
Side note: am I the only one who didn’t know lettuce will stay crisp and fresh for a week or more when stored in a container with damp towels? Life-changing.
I’ll leave you with a sampling of just how much I have been enjoying the goods…
(Although I don’t always mention it, there are green onions/scallions lurking in almost every dish. I have yet to use up the entire bunch in a week despite my efforts.)
I’m so glad we decided to try this out and definitely plan to continue our subscription for years to come.
Have you ever tried a CSA? How was your experience?