Year of High Adventure: CSA

Posted on by Jennie

So this year, as part of my personal 2011 Year of High Adventure, I decided to try a CSA. It was a Groupon, which was incentive enough, and was only $15. Usually, the box I was delivered should have been $31.50. Here are the results of my trial run:

This was my box. It was pretty decently sized, and was full of delicious vegetables.
Mmmm mmm broccoli, at first glance…
Look at that green, green lettuce!

I took off the first layer, and there was all the fruit!
Four zucchini.
Four pears.
Four oranges, four apples.
Half a head of shallots.
All together: carrots, kale, lettuce, apples, oranges, pears, zucchini, broccoli, shallots, and a butternut squash. The results?
I ate half of the carrots before they got soft.
Corelyn and I ate half of the kale and the other half went the way of the garbage.
The lettuce went straight to the way of the garbage by Thursday (the CSA was Tuesday), because it was too limp.


Corelyn and I ate the butternut squash.


I used the zucchini for beach kabobs.


We ate the broccoli. The apples, eaten. The pears? Finally ripe, ready to eat. Oranges still need to be eaten. Shallots? Still got ’em.


All in all, I liked the idea, but being winter and being that you don’t get to choose the veggies, I think we’re going to hold off for a while and head to the farmer’s market. I did like that the box included recipes, a website where you could go to get information about the CSA farms, and you CAN choose which veggies not to include. Maybe this summer we’ll dive in.
Have you ever tried a CSA?




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  1. Ana

    I used farm fresh to you for a couple of months last summer and really enjoyed it! It allowed me to be adventurous with the veggies that I bought.

    But in the end it was just me eating most of the veggies, so they started to end up too much in the trash so I had to stop.

    Although I did the $25 box. Even with their smallest box you need 2-3 people to eat it.

    • Jennie Palluzzi

      Oh that’s good to know. That is how I think it’d end up — me eating them all! I’ll have to look into it for summer!

  2. Laura

    i did one once with my two roomies, one of whom was a vegetarian, and one of whom rarely ate at home. We got the 2 person box and the vast majority was used. This did require a little bit of discipline and internet research on our part though. I took it as a challenge to try out new recipes!

    I love a CSA, but our farmer’s market is always mobbed and over a 30 minute drive away though, so…

    • Jennie Palluzzi

      Laura, you have to sign up again — when we switched over to it changed subscription feeds. Look for the email option on the home page on the top right!