Summer CSA

I picked up my CSA share on Tuesday. It’s veggie Christmas, a package of surprises! When I bring the sack into the kitchen everyone gathers around to see what we got.

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CSA means “community supported agriculture”. A farmer sells shares in April or May, then delivers a bag of produce all summer long. The customer gets a discount and the farmer gets money in a normally lean time of year. Quite a few Kitsap farmers offer shares, most in the summer, and a few in the fall or early spring. This year my CSA is with Abundantly Green, a certified organic farm.

The farm isn’t all that far from my house. One of the bonuses of the CSA is driving out every week to pick up the share. I love watching all the chickens run around – we have chickens but Cliff and Marilyn have so many more varieties! This means that the farm also sells eggs and chicken too. We even get our chicken feed from them. They also sell beef and sometimes lamb and pig. The farm store has hand-chosen items from other small businesses and farms, like coffee, honey and olive oil.

Last week we got:

  • Salad greens
  • Radishes
  • Leeks and leek scapes
  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Wild fennel

This week we got:

  • Salad greens
  • Radishes
  • Leeks and leek scapes
  • Lemon balm
  • Mint

This is a great share system. We want salad greens and radishes every week because we eat salad frequently. We don’t eat the same main or side dish vegetables though so having a variety there is super.

When I get the share home I process it.

  • Give the radishes to Ted, who eats them as snacks.
  • Wash the lettuce using this system.
  • Bring out the veggie drawer, sort out spoiled produce for the compost heap (try not to have much of that), store the new veggies

Here’s what we made from last week’s share:

  • Salads with dinner most of the week
  • Leek scapes went into the stock pot with a chicken carcass
  • Leeks went in everything that needed onions
  • Spinach was the centerpiece of swimming angel

We still have the carrots – they keep a long while and go into soups, stews, and rice dishes. Need to figure out something to do with the fennel too. That’s part of the fun of a CSA share, exploring new tastes and breaking out of our ruts!


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