This maybe should have been part of yesterday's post "The Vegetable Battle" but since we received our CSA veggies yesterday, it got me thinking about how a CSA has helped change the way we eat.
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. They are farms that sell shares to members. Members received weekly shipments of produce depending on the size of share that they purchased. Farms may also hold harvest events where members can come and pick additional produce.
We joined a CSA in 2013 so this was our second year. Joining a CSA has increased our vegetable intake because this shipment of vegetables is automatic. While we don't always know what we are going to get and sometimes what we get looks like a foreign object, it has broadened our taste for vegetables. Our CSA will include a weekly recipe for one of the included vegetables. Through these recipes we now eat more cauliflower, beets, butternut squash and more. All things we weren't consuming regularly before!
Another key part of getting this amount of produce is that you don't want it to go to waste! It is all just sitting on your counter, waiting for you to do something with it! The last thing you want to do is throw it in the garbage. So eat it! Freeze it! Can it! Prep it! Use it!
That said, I better go take care of this week's share...
Are any of you CSA members? What is your favorite part about it?