The CSA season has just begun here. It’s a bit later than last year, but we are trying a different farm and a different program, so that’s that.
I’m trying very hard not to compare this program to the first one, but it’s hard. We had such a good experience last year, and this year has started out in a very… shall we say disorganized manner. But the season is young, and I will try to give them the benefit of the doubt.
Pickups are now on Wednesday instead of Thursday. I sort of liked Thursday better. It was closer to the weekend and made things easier, since I’m splitting my share with a friend who lives a half-hour away. However, the new pickup is practically halfway between us, whereas last year’s location and time made it almost impossible for my friend to go out to get the boxes. So the logistics are better (which was our motivation for trying something new).
Last year’s box, which was on 6/18 (and was Box 3) included:
- 18 eggs
- pint cherry tomatoes
- head cabbage
- head broccoli
- 2 zucchini
- head of lettuce
- collard greens
This year we received:
- 3 large green onions
- 2 yellow, 4 orange, and 2 yellow-orange carrots w/greens
- 3 zucchini
- small bunch red swiss chard
- 2 kohlrabi
- large handful of green and yellow wax beans
- bunch collards
- about a pint of edible-pod peas
- 4 recipes
The price was about the same ($500 last year versus $480 this year) and I think the boxes are comparable. Of course, I’ve only got one box to go on so far, so that’s not really a very accurate assessment.
As for my share this week, we put the carrots and onion into coleslaw and salad. I steamed the peas and beans and put them into vegetable soup and stirfry. I still have to do something with the zukes, chard and kohlrabi.