I’ve been causally researching CSA’s for a couple of years now. I looked at pretty much every option in the area, but could never justify the cost or commit to the pick-up day or location. And what if we got a box with a whole bunch of stuff we didn’t care for? Sure, I could keep trying, but I just don’t think I’m cut out to like beets. They taste like dirt. I thought maybe I just wasn’t ever going to be a person who had a box of produce from local farms, set aside just for me. Then I found From the Farmer.
It seemed to do away with pretty much every barrier that had stopped me before. You can order 3 different sizes of baskets- half bushel, full, or double. There’s no commitment, it’s relatively cheap, and you can pause it from week to week. To top it all off, it is delivered to your door between midnight and 7am. Done and done.
I signed us up for the half bushel for $35 per week. Unfortunately the e-mail the sent me a couple days before my delivery day told me that the first week’s basket had radishes AND beets, so I skipped it. There is a way to customize the bag. I could have skipped out on a thing or two and asked for more of another, but it just wasn’t a good combination of things for us. The next week looked more promising and so we went light on our weekend grocery trip and prepared ourselves for produce at our door!
I hopped out of bed Wednesday morning and ran downstairs to check for the red bag. As if magic, it was there. I brought it up and pulled everything out. It felt a little bit like Christmas, even thought I knew what was coming.
We had apples, strawberries, arugula, spinach, button mushrooms, asparagus, and collard greens. It felt sort of like getting my very own Chopped basket (except awesome). I put all the produce away and the wheels in my head started spinning with what to do with all of this so that none of it went to waste.
I immediately chopped up some of the perfectly ripe strawberries and threw them into greek yogurt for breakfast. I also packed one of the apples and some peanut butter for a snack. The rest of it would have to wait while I did some research for recipes.
I decided on mushroom, spinach, and turkey sausage crustless quiche (I had enough mushrooms and spinach for two of them), I made an asparagus and arugula salad and collard greens with bacon and onions. The apples and strawberries were enjoyed on their own.
I was a little nervous that we wouldn’t be able to use all the stuff before it went bad. We got the bag Wednesday morning and I didn’t get around to cooking most of the stuff until Thursday evening. I had to toss a couple of the mushrooms and about half of the arugula was too wilted to use, but other than that, it all kept for that amount of time. I’m not sure if it all really was more tasty than the stuff you get at a traditional grocery store or if it was all in my head, but it was all really excellent. I’m pretty excited to keep up with it and eat more locally and seasonally.
- How often I order a basket: I don’t know if we’ll be able to afford every week, but I think for the time being, if it’s a bag with mostly stuff we like, we’ll keep it up. Especially since we proved this week that we can consume most of it in time.
- My favorite thing about it: That it comes to my door! And that I’m finally eating seasonally and locally. Something I’ve been meaning to do but have been too lazy to do so.
- Why you should try it: Because it’s easy! And affordable! And just all around awesome.