Adventures in Suburbia: CSA’ing

In theory, I like the idea of meal planning. However, the reality is, I just don’t think that way. I’m more of a winger when it comes to making dinner. The only prepping I do ahead of time is maybe defrost some sort of protein the morning of. I also like the theory of farmer’s markets. However, whenever I go, I freeze up and can’t decided what to buy and walk out empty handed. I just can’t (meal)plan ahead!

I’ve been meaning to try a CSA(community supported agriculture) since we moved almost a year and a half ago. I had one farm in mind for awhile and the baby’s love of vegetables is what gave me the final push to go ahead and try it. Luckily, this farm runs an early season (March-May) CSA which I figured I’d use as a trial run before committing to the longer summer-fall season.

Getting a new CSA every week is kinda like my own Chopped basket. I don’t know what I’m getting until a day before and it pushes me to find new ways to try old favorites as well as make new to me vegetables. One week I had rainbow carrots which were beautiful and delicious which I roasted alongside melt in your mouth yukon gold potatoes. Another week, my father-in-law who was in town visiting the baby, sautéed the kale we got with some garlic and pasta, so GOOD. One morning I tried broiled grapefruit (they bring in citrus from Floridafrom time to time), yum! One time, I made apple bread pudding using a variety of apples and ciabatta (oh yeah, they also include bread and a dozen eggs in every week’s loot).

CSA pickup

Tonight, I made quinoa chicken stir fry using carrots, bean sprouts, garlic, and mushrooms all from this week’s CSA! Tomorrow I’ll probably make some beet salad and sweet potato pancakes using leftovers from last week’s pickup.

It’s definitely been a fun experience so far and I look forward to signing on for the summer CSA too! Bring on the fresh tomatoes and peaches!

Anywho, thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend, peeps!

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