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Thursday, March 3, 2011

My First CSA Bag!

As you may recall, my New Year’s Resolution was to join a CSA. Yesterday I picked up my first CSA bag! We truly are blessed with beautiful produce throughout the year here in California. The girls and I were super excited to get home and see what was inside. I decided to join Eating with the Seasons. A good friend highly recommended them and I liked that I can get eggs included with the weekly delivery as well as select what produce I want each week based on their supply. And, so far, their customer service has been really great, so I’m excited to work with them!

Even though I can choose what I want delivered, I forgot to log-in last week, so this week’s bag was full of surprises. Happily, everything we received is produce we normally eat. Phew! I know part of the reason I am doing a CSA is to challenge myself to try new produce, but I must admit it’s nice to ease into the experience with food I know.

We’re starting out with a Small bag each week to get a good idea of what we will use. Here is what we received this week. A dozen organic, local, humanely-raised eggs for only $4.50 (I’m getting this bi-weekly). Awesome, right? For veggies, a bunch of carrots, a HUGE acorn squash, two heads of butter lettuce and two big crowns of broccoli. For fruit, a bag of kiwi fruit, four apples and 6 tangelos (one of which I am eating right now – it’s delicious!).

I have to say, I already feel more invested in my produce. How often do I let it go bad in the fridge? More often than I like to admit. But I’m determined to not have that happen with my CSA produce. Hopefully this means we end up eating more fruits and veggies overall! I’m very glad I made this our resolution and that we are finally jumping on the CSA bandwagon. I think it’s going to be a great experience.


17 Comments »

  1. How fun! We participate in a local co-op where we order a basket each week and pick it up on Saturday. The produce comes from local areas and is always a fun surprise.

  2. We joined a CSA earlier this year and it has totally changed the way we eat for the better. It also sort of forces your hand as a cook””I’m LOVING the challenge to use everything each week. Jealous about your eggs though. Maybe I can suggest to our CSA.

    Very much looking forward to following your adventures and recipes from your farm box!

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    Becca

    What gorgeous-looking produce. And I’m jealous of your eggs too. That seems like a pretty reasonable price for organic, humanely raised.

  4. I heard about CSAs towards the end of last season and I really want sign up this year. Those eggs, such a great deal! I find one dozen of local, organic, and humanely-raised eggs at the grocery store usually cost about that much.

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    Jane Maynard

    when I signed up for the eggs, I thought I was spending $4.50 on one dozen, so when there were two dozen in the bag, I was SO excited about that. and in one of the cartons the eggs were all different shads of white to brown. love it. 🙂

    addendum – I think I got a bonus dozen that first week…it’s really $4.50 for one dozen, which I’m still more than willing to spend! 🙂

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    abby

    So excited about your CSA. We love ours (although I would love it more if we were able to choose our veggies!).

    Our basket has strawberries in it every week (one day this will end and we will cry but for now we are so happy!). We were eatting out and my daughter tasted a strawberry and said EWW this strawberry doesn’t taste anything like the good ones we have at home!!

    We get eggs with our CSA once a month. This week we had some blue eggs, the kids were so excited!! Fresh eggs taste so much better than store eggs!!

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    Erika B.

    Yeah Jane! We love Eating with the Seasons. I also get eggs and sometimes they have beautiful blue and green ones mixed in. The baby broccoli and brussels sprouts are the best I’ve eaten. Sometimes I add on tea or other treats. You will love it. I even like the yard where it’s delivered.

    • Jane Maynard

      you’re the reason I went with them! and I saw your bag on the porch sitting next to mine 🙂

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    Nabeela

    I loved eating with the seasons csa. I loved that we have a choice every week. The only problem I had was that the veggies were very, very dirty(especially green leafy veggies…had to wash them 3-4 times thoroughly to get the grit out). I had a hard time understanding why that happened as I get absolutely clean organic veggies at my local farmer’s market.

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    Michelle D

    We love our local/organic food coop! Saves me tons of money and time. I use to go to the grocery store 2 times a week and spend way more than i am now. I only go to trader joes two time a month to stock up.
    I can’t say enough good things about them 🙂

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    Angela

    I’m so jealous! We live in an area where there isn’t any kind of local produce available. CSAs are only available during the summer and there aren’t any where you can pick and choose what you get. I joined one last year but wasn’t able to make all the pick up times due to naps and other things coming up. That’s awesome that they’ll deliver to your home.

    • Jane Maynard

      I definitely feel grateful to live in a place where I had MANY CSAs to choose from, we are super lucky. if we move away, I’ll miss it! my csa actually doesn’t deliver to my home, but it’s a drop off just down the street, so it’s super easy. 🙂

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    Melissa

    Wow, what a great service! I think we have the same thing available seasonally, so I need to look into it! Since I’m single, I think it might be too much for me by myself, but I’ll bet I could find someone to split it with me!

    • Jane Maynard

      splitting with someone else is a GREAT idea…I know people who have done it. they used a CSA where there was just one size box to choose from, and it was a bit much. so they split with a friend.

      my friend mindy and I are also thinking of joining a meat CSA – in which case we are definitely going to split it.

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    Lauren

    So glad you are already enjoying your CSA! Aren’t the eggs amaaazing? I’m jealous that you have such delicious produce available year round. Here in Chicago, we have a bunch of great CSAs available, but they mostly run June through October. Can’t wait for mine to start up again in a few months 🙂

  13. we’re doing a CSA this year too- ours starts in may hopefully 🙂 it’s been rainy here, which is a change from the drought of last spring/summer so here’s hoping for a good CSA year!

  14. I just joined our season is only June through October in the midwest and we don’t get to pick what we get but I think it will be fun and challenge me to try things I wouldn’t put in the cart otherwise.

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