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CSA Review

By Marcus | In Uncategorized | on March 14, 2011

Earlier this month I posted about the topic of CSAs and last week our first boxes came in. For those of you who didn’t participate, here’s a look at what came in the large box I picked up:

  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 1 bunch swiss chard
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce
  • 1 kohlrabi
  • 1 bunch carrots
  • 1 bunch radishes
  • 2 golden beets
  • 4 pink lady apples
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 jar of strawberry jam

(Anna went with the small box, so hopefully in the comments she can tell you what items were different for her delivery.)

Everything seemed to be good quality and most of the items were so freshly picked that they still had some dirt from the field on them. The bounty was enough to completely fill two grocery bags and all the veggies came with their greens attached. (Many of which can also be used for cooking.)

My initial impression is that the price was a little high compared to what was received, coming out to almost twice what I’d pay at the farmer’s market.  While I understand the concept of the CSA is to help support the farmer, at the farmer’s market I believe they pay booth rentals fees in addition to gas for transport, so you’d think that would be the more expensive of the two. I did see on the CSA blog that our participation was a sudden spike in their membership, so perhaps that caused the pickings to be spread out among more people and the next week will be better. I’m waiting until the next delivery before I make a final decision, but thankfully we have a few different CSAs in the area to choose from!

WOD 03.14.11

Handstand Skillwork

Bench Press 3×5 (or Wendler)

5 Rounds:
100yd Hill Sprint every 2mins

5 Comments to "CSA Review"

  • Anna says:

    March 14, 2011 at 7:44 AM -

    Our box included:
    1 bunch swiss chard
    1 head of romaine lettuce
    1 bunch carrots
    1 bunch radishes
    4 pink lady apples
    1 jar of strawberry jam

    I felt the same way about the cost, and the general usage of the vegetables included. Carrots and Radishes are mostly garnishes. I cannot make a satisfying vegetable course our of either of them. That being said, I made both last night (as a garnish to some cod cooked in parchment paper), and we both were impressed with the quality.

  • Nick says:

    March 14, 2011 at 8:41 AM -

    I think there is a typo: 20 hill sprints, not 5.

  • ruth says:

    March 14, 2011 at 3:17 PM -

    LOL Nick, I’m sorry, we’ll remedy that immediately. 😉

    I agree about the CSA box. I’m hoping next week will bring a much better selection and quantity of goods. I did enjoy the kohlrabi beet mash and sauteed carrots we made yesterday. Today I sauteed bacon, chard, and beet green, which was yums. However, I agree that I could have done better at a farmer’s market.

  • Michael H says:

    March 14, 2011 at 4:40 PM -

    Is this paleo?


  • Anna says:

    March 14, 2011 at 5:09 PM -

    @mom- how did you make the carrots?

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