The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the CSA

So, we are done with our CSA for the season.  And I am sad.  The man of the house professes to not be quite so sad. The kids have not expressed a preference either way.  The time is ripe for a bit of stepping back and reflecting. 

The Good

1. We learned to love squash.  Or rather, the boys and I loved to love squash.  Summer squash in green salads, baked squash with fresh feta, grilled eggplant and zucchini, zucchini bread, baba ganoush …our repetoire has definitely expanded and the boys lick their lips when any and all of these food items are placed on the table.

2. We had fresh vegetables in the middle of the week.  Our CSA pick up was on Tuesday, which is the perfect pick-up day for us because our farmer’s market is on Saturday, and we always need veggies by mid-week.

3. Salsa kits were da bomb.

4. Refrigerator pickling is easy and a great way to prepare beets and salad turnips!

5. We had tomatoes even when our plants went belly up.

6. I loved our weekly newsletters with recipes!

The Bad

1. We couldn’t possibly eat all the Swiss chard grown this summer, although we did enjoy it in a couple of dishes.  A bit too bitter for us for weekly consumption.

2. It took us too many weeks to figure out what to with the bounty of squash we were blessed with.

3. Planning is important with a CSA, and my skills in that area are mixed (see #1 below).

The Ugly

1. Greens need to be cooked in the first two-three days.  After that, you don’t want to see them.

2. The Picky Eater continues to be vegetable challenged.  The CSA is not a magic bullet.

All told, I’m ready to do this adventure all over again in summer 2011….

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