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CSA Box Week 1: Tips, trick, and ideas

Posted 6/20/2017 4:13am by Jenna Untiedt.

CSA season is back. It is amazing how things fall right back into place. Shares are being assembled as I write this blog and soon trucks will be on the road. None of this would be possible without our entire staff. We truly have some of the best people around. 

What does a typical CSA morning look like? Well, I started off in the office at 2:45am to make sure I had all the paperwork ready for delivery routes. Crews begin arriving at 3am and we start setting up all the produce for packing. By 3:30am our packing crew is in the warehouse and hard at work filling all of the boxes. Each week is a little different depending what is in the shares, but we like to have all delivery trucks on the road between 6:30am-7am. It is truly a team effort to ensure that all the shares are packed correctly and delivered to the right location. 

Most of the produce is harvested on Mondays to ensure peak freshness. We cool everything overnight to ensure freshness, but also to help insulate your share boxes to keep the produce extremely fresh. Several crews make all of this possible, and we cannot thank them enough for all of their hard work.

Now that you have a little better understanding of what goes into CSA prep work, let's jump into your first share of the season. I will do my best each week to provide some simple tips and tricks to make it through your shares. I'll be honest upfront. A common saying in my household is "Meals don't have to be glamorous to be great," so often times recipes will be quick and easy to allow you all to enjoy the contents of your box! 

It is easy to get overwhelmed with a box of fresh produce, but it is extremely important to just break it down one item at a time. So here we go:

Asparagus: So many great uses for this awesome vegetable. Grill it, sautee it, steam it or eat it raw. Another great option is asparagus risotto. I made this recipe last night and while it does take a little bit of time to make, it was pretty simple. It was a great addition to the fresh salad we had for dinner. 

Lettuce: If you don't have a salad spinner, I highly suggest investing in one. Locally grown lettuce has such a longer shelf life than store bought. I prefer to slice the lettuce, put it in the salad spinner to wash it and store in the fridge. Use throughout the week for dinner salads, a salad for lunch, or toppings on your sandwich.

Grape Tomatoes: As Farmer Jerry wrote in the Newsletter, please let sit on your counter if they are not entirely red. Never, never, never place your tomatoes in the refrigerator. They should always sit on the counter to keep the best flavor. Toss a few on your salads throughout the week or take as a mid-day snack. So much flavor!

Zucchini: Personally, I slice these and eat them raw for a mid-day snack. If raw zucchini isn't your thing you can make zucchini chips in the oven, sautee in some olive oil, or grill. Zucchini also make a great substitute for noodles if you want a lighter type of pasta. Not a fan of any of those? Try zucchini muffins or bread....it's a great way to trick kids into eating their veggies. 

Rhubarb: I try to like rhubarb every year. Every year it gets a tad bit better, but it still isn't my favorite. One way I do enjoy it is a sauce. Try out this Rhubarb Sauce. It is a great topping on ice cream! 

Herbs: I encourage all of you to try growing the herbs this season. They don't need a lot of room to grow, but they add so much flavor to meals. Need growing instructions? Just google....so many great tips out there. 

Enjoy the Maple Syrup, Honey, and Raspberry Jam. These are truly a great addition to the CSA and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do. 

A few things to note:

  • Please feel free to tag us in any of your CSA pictures by using the #Untiedts. 
  • Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see updates from the farm throughout the week. 
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

There you have it, CSA Week 1 in a nutshell. Enjoy!