CSA wrap-up

pa224138csa1022.jpgThe CSA season ended two weeks ago. Here are pictures of our last three pick-up boxes. It still feels weird not to be going to the farm on Wednesday afternoons. It was sort of like getting a surprise present each week. I knew I’d be getting a box, but I didn’t know what would be in it. Sometimes the contents were familiar friends (“Oh. Green beans. Again.”), and sometimes they were completely unexpected (“Ooooh! A jar of local honey!”).

pa294341csa1029.jpgAs you can see, the green beans that filled our box during most of the summer gave way toward the end to winter squash and cauliflower. A lot of cauliflower. And cabbage. Now, I like cauliflower and cabbage just fine, but only in small amounts. And I certainly don’t need to be getting ginormous heads of cabbage and cauliflower four weeks in a row. Seriously—it was far more than my family could handle. Fortunately, I was able to give some away to neighbors.

pb054779csa1105.jpgBut I don’t want to have to give food away to my neighbors. I mean, I like sharing with them, and when my garden veggies are growing like gangbusters I love to spread the wealth around. But we put down a fair chunk of change for this CSA. I’m not saying it wasn’t a fair price, considering the amount of food we got. But we ended up getting a lot of stuff we didn’t like—and a lot of stuff we just couldn’t keep up with.

I’m doubtful that we’ll do the CSA again next year. (If we do, it will be only if we can split a share with one or maybe two other families.) The food guilt is just too great. I hate opening up my fridge and seeing, say, eggplant staring at me and thinking, “We paid for that eggplant, so we should use it” but dreading the prospect of eating eggplant (we tried a few new recipes over the summer, and we still don’t like it). I’d just avoid the eggplant and try not to make eye contact with it, and after a while it would start to turn into a science experiment and wind up in our compost bin.

I don’t like wasting food—and I don’t like prepaying for lots of stuff I won’t be willing or able to eat. So next year we will probably rely on farmers’ markets for most of our produce. Fortunately, there’s a new one on Wednesday afternoons, just a couple of miles up the road from the CSA farm.

5 Responses to “CSA wrap-up”

  1. Kiranon 24 Nov 2008 at 4:12 pm

    I totally agree with you on the whole CSA thing. So fun and exciting in some ways but terribly wasteful in others, especially when you are feeding little kids with strong feelings about what they will or will not eat. But we ALL love going to the farmer’s markets together. A fun Sunday morning outing.

  2. Sarah Ron 24 Nov 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Do you know about roasted cauliflower? I could eat that by the truck-load. Break the cauliflower up in florets, toss with olive oil and your seasonings of choice, throw on Parmesan cheese if you like, bake at 400 degrees, for 20-25 minutes. Gobble down as if there is no tomorrow. Yum.

    Eggplant, however, I have no use for.

  3. Chrison 24 Nov 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience with this. I think I’ll stick with the farmer’s market!

  4. knittymamaon 24 Nov 2008 at 5:56 pm

    I have a tough time with the cabbage too. And parsnips…we get a ton!!

  5. Frankon 25 Nov 2008 at 12:11 am

    I would share the eggplant, but for the impractical distance. I second the post on roasted cauliflower. We prepare broccoli this way too. I usually use chopped garlic, salt and pepper for the seasoning, but there are lots of possibilities.