It seems as though there is a little confusion around this so I'm going to walk you through the CSA program that I use and show you how easy and great these programs are. We are very lucky here in Syracuse NY, we have so many CSA options, this is not always the case for some communities.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA allows residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh organic produce grown locally by regional farmers. Check with individual CSA's to see if they are certified organic. When you become a member of a CSA, you're purchasing a “share” of vegetables from a regional farmer. The CSA I use is called Main Street Farms and it is fantastic. They have many area drop offs and I believe you can also pick up at the Syracuse Regional Market .
Every week on the same day I get a great big bag of fresh organic veggies and sometimes a free gift from a local company. I return my bag each week and pick up a new bag. Super easy, my drop off is with in walking distance to my house! I also receive an email each week telling me what will be in my share and there are recipes included. If you're headed out on vacation for the week, no problem, you can put your share on hold and you will not be charged. This is offered through Main Street Farms, you would have to look into any other CSA's to see if they offer this option.
I understand that some of you are not in my area. Just do a google search for local CSA's and I'm sure you'll find some close by.
In order to get the most out of your veggie share I learned it works best to prepare everything so its ready to go. This makes it easier for yourself and your family to use the veggies and not let them go to waste, We all are familiar with the unrecognizable bag in the fridge that needs to be thrown out, we don't want that. I'm going to walk you through what I do to prep my veggies for the week. It only takes about a half hour but turns out to be a monumental time saver and helps you and your family to eat healthier!
I always start with the greens. I rinse, let sit for a minute, then I spin them off in my salad spinner. Now, you don't need a salad spinner but it saves time, they're cheep, and they are fun to use.
I chop all the greens up into bite size pieces and put them into a big bowl. Now your greens are all ready to make a quick salad for dinner or lunch.
I keep the kale separate because it lasts longer and sometimes I sauté it in different recipes. I rinse and dry the kale and take the stems off. See video below to show you how to do this.
I like to wash and slice up all the radishes. This way I can easily add to a salad or they're also great on top of a sandwich.
I leave some of the carrots whole for cooking, Just a quick rinse and dry. I shred some so they can be quickly added to a salad or a wrap.
I left the garlic scapes whole they last forever and I add them to everything. I use them for cooking and add them to different salads. Delicious!
Everything is ready to go. When I need some of my veggies I just go in the fridge and for the most part its all ready for me and my kids.
Now if you think, What the heck would I do with all those fresh veggies? You think it might be too much for you? split it with a friend! Perfect way to try it out and have some fun prepping together. You might also think, that's not enough for me. I need more fresh veggies! They have a larger share available.
I really encourage you to try a CSA today. What a great, affordable way to get fresh veggies and at the same time support a local business. We should all make a point to do this as much as possible.
Check out Daisy and Max getting in on the CSA action, they love their kale!
Making The World A Better Place,
People and Things I Love
Each week I would like to feature a person, product, or activity that is making the world a better place. This week I am featuring my dear friend, and an incredible lady, Maria Zanca.
Maria is the owner/operator of a company called Pristine Essential Candles. They produce healthy, safe, beautiful candles. Learn more about her incredible journey that led her to create this company that is making the word a better place.
Also be sure to check out the citronella candle, perfect for your outside living space this summer! I just picked mine up.
Check her out right HERE
Take care of you,
Tina , Daisy, and Max