Welcome to our CSA. Please feel free to ask questions, make requests, and address concerns that you have. We want you to have a good experience with the CSA.
Now that you are receiving vegetables each week you have to prepare meals with them, and this takes time. But it doesn’t have to be a lot. We will help you transition to a more ‘cooking’ lifestyle by offering tips for efficient meal making. We have a Facebook page and a Pinterest one as well. On these pages you will find tips for cooking, preparing, and storing the food you receive. Please add your own ideas and recipes so we can all benefit. The great thing about fresh, biologically grown food is that it has so much flavor that simple cooking is all you need for great meals.
A note about vegetable washing at the farm:
We always wash salad greens and lettuce, and spin them dry. Please note that it is a rudimentary washing. You should also wash them. We wash other vegetables according to how much they need it and how much time we have.
Here are some suggestions for efficient meal preparation:
1. On the day you receive your bag – Wash everything. Put in clean containers and store in the refrigerator (except tomatoes, onions, potatoes, winter squash, sweet potatoes, and garlic – these don’t need refrigeration). This makes food preparation much easier during the week.
2. To wash vegetables – Fill a large bowl with water and swish the vegetables around. If the water in the bowl is dirty, repeat with clean water. Drain and dry.
3.Prepare a huge salad of all your greens just one time. Put it in a container in the fridge. You can eat salad for many days without extra preparation. Add different things when you eat them for variety. I like to pick two items from the following categories:
a. Fruit (dried or fresh) – apples, oranges, dried cranberries, whatever is in season
b.Cheese (blue and feta are favorites with me)
c. Nuts – pecans, walnuts, cashews, etc. They’re really good toasted in a frying pan until lightly browned
Again, just two of these items will make it a great salad. Ex. Apples and toasted pecans, dried cranberries and blue cheese, orange sections and walnuts, etc. etc.
4. Leftover salad greens can be added to any cooked dish either while cooking (it will cook down fast and disappear) or mixed right on the plate with hot food. Cooked and raw food together is really tasty.