CSA Weeks #2 & #3

In a pre­vi­ous post, I wrote about our rea­sons for join­ing a CSA and how we were doing after the first week. Since then, we’ve received weeks two and three, and tomor­row we will pick up week four’s box.

Well, it turns out we did the best with our first box. Our sec­ond box was almost all greens (and LOTS of them). We ate the spinach and the romaine-like let­tuces. We didn’t even make a dent in the bag of leaf let­tuce we received. How­ev­er, I’m pret­ty sure the rasp­ber­ries we got were eat­en as quick­ly as any that we’ve ever bought at the store. They were also enjoyed immense­ly. The radish­es were not though. No one in our fam­i­ly eats radish­es so we gave them to Jason’s par­ents so some­one would enjoy them.

Our third box was a lit­tle sur­pris­ing. I expect­ed that it would just get fuller and fuller and more and more var­ied. When I went to pick the box up last week, I had made arrange­ments with a friend to leave some if not most of the pro­duce with her because we would be leav­ing town for a few days. I opened the box, and I was sur­prised to see a bag of let­tuce, sum­mer savory, beets, and rasp­ber­ries. As I write it, it sounds like plen­ty, but it didn’t even fill the box. We ate the rasp­ber­ries right off the bat again (as I’m sure we’ll do tomor­row when we get our next box), and we left the rest in the fridge while we were gone. Jason had a sal­ad last night, and I’m plan­ning to roast the beets for sup­per one night. I’m not quite sure what to do with the sum­mer savory though. I’m also not sure if we’ll eat the let­tuce. I thought I liked sal­ads, but at this point I am strug­gling a lit­tle to find enough vari­ety in them to keep me inter­est­ed with­out mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant amount more work.

The more I think about the CSA, the more I real­ize that the prob­lem (if there is one) isn’t real­ly that we are get­ting too many greens. The issue is more that I am not doing as much meal plan­ning, prep, and cook­ing as I have in the past. Dur­ing this preg­nan­cy, I have had morn­ing sick­ness since I was 3 weeks preg­nant, and in addi­tion to the morn­ing sick­ness, noth­ing has tast­ed very good to me. If you add that to cook­ing in an apart­ment that doesn’t cool down very well, it equals more con­ve­nience food. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, sal­ads aren’t usu­al­ly the type of con­ve­nience food I’m talk­ing about. Usu­al­ly when it comes to sup­per time, I haven’t cleaned or cut the veg­gies. I am tired, and I can’t think of any­thing except the stan­dard sal­ad of let­tuce, veg­gie, some cheese maybe, and dress­ing. It’s good, but it also has its lim­its. I’m pret­ty sure I should prob­a­bly make some sort of goal about this. Maybe I should aim to clean the veg­gies with­in a cou­ple days of get­ting the box or doing my meal plan­ning on Wednes­day. Right now, I’m not quite sure I can think straight enough to make those sorts of goals, so as of now, my goal is to have goals for next week.

Comments

  1. This has been our first year for a CSA as well, and it is the only one in the area. I’ve been most­ly pleased. Our sea­son start­ed late because of a wet win­ter, so we didn’t get any of the spring greens that I was hop­ing for.

    One of my goals with the CSA has been to try foods that I wouldn’t nor­mal­ly choose. One week we got raw peanuts. Now, I like peanuts, but I wasn’t sure what to do with them. I roast­ed some (thanks to the Internet’s instruc­tions!) and boiled some. Boiled peanuts are the South Car­oli­na state snack. I wasn’t a fan of boiled peanuts until I made them myself. And this past week we got okra. Most of that is in the freez­er now, wait­ing to make gum­bo at a lat­er date.

    There is def­i­nite­ly a learn­ing curve! But I’m enjoy­ing the adven­ture!

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