Meatless Monday and Wondering About CSAs.

Meatless Monday and Wondering About CSAs.

One of my readers, Rachel, recommended today's Meatless Monday recipe on Ups and Downs of A Yoga Mom's Facebook Page.

Rachel wrote that her CSA suggested this recipe: Bake cooked lentils with rice, chopped kale, heaps of good curry, and coconut milk.  Serve with pat of butter on top. How yummy and nutrient rich does that sound?

I need to buy some of those ingredients and prepare this today to see if it really is a delicious as I imagine it to be. Do you know what you are making for dinner tonight?  You should try it too, and email me your thoughts or a photo.

This comment also brought me back to thinking about CSAs.  I've considered joining a CSA for a few years now.  What is a CSA you ask? According to Wikipedia it is:

Community-supported agriculture, a form of an alternative food network, (in Canada Community Shared Agriculture) (CSA) is a socio-economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farming operation where the growers and consumers share the risks and benefits of food production. CSAs usually consist of a system of weekly delivery or pick-up of vegetables and fruit, in a vegetable box scheme, and sometimes includes dairy products and meat.

Every year I look into a CSA and haven't moved forward with it for one of these reasons.

1. It is expensive.

2. I'm not sure which farm provides a fresh variety.

3. Will I be able to use all the vegetables before they either go bad or the next batch arrives?

4.  It seems most CSAs are all vegetables.  My family eats a ton of fruit, which I would enjoy and definitely use.

Now I turn to you.  What information can you share with me about CSAs?  Have you had a positive or negative experience?

Of course I would love to support local farmers and provide my family the best produce possible.

I hope your Meatless Monday sets the tone for your entire week ahead.

 

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  • I've never joined a CSA but I used to get a box of produce every week from Timber Creek Farms. A lot of it was local but some of it wasn't (we would get grapefruit in the winter for example.) I loved the produce box because it would force me to try new items and recipes. Chard, for example, I had never had until I got it in the produce box. I cooked a lot more with fresh veggies because they were there and needed to be eaten.

    That being said, I don't get the box anymore. Mainly because I am the only one around here who really eats vegetables. My husband likes salad so when we got lettuces, those would go. But he doesn't really like other vegetables or fruit. So I would end up trying to consume the whole box myself and that just wasn't feasible.

    I'd like to try again when the girls are older and eat actual food.

  • In reply to christinewhitley:

    Do you remember approximately how much it cost?

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