Blogging the CSA

26 04 2010

Last year we bought a half share in a local farm through Community Supported Agriculture.  It was really neat going to the farm every Friday afternoon and seeing what had come in that week.  And there were vegetables (or varieties of staples) that we’d never heard of.  The produce was so beautiful that this year we bought a whole share.

This faces us with several challenges.  First, there’s no way Karen and I can eat all that food.  We’ve got to get the boys eating more veggies or we’ll waste a sizable portion of what we bring home.  The other challenge is us.  We realized quickly last year that there were lots of foods that we simply didn’t know how to cook.  It was an eye opening experience.

We’re really looking forward to our first harvest in May, so I asked myself “How could I make this a lot harder?”  My answer was this.  I’m going to blog about the CSA.  The kinds of foods, how we cook them, what goes with them.  It’s a true education about food.  My goals are simple: First, use everything.  No more hearty greens in the fridge to rot because I didn’t know how to prepare them.  Learn, do, consume.  Second, blog about it.  There’s going to be a lot of food, so this one may be as tough as getting the boys to eat their share.

Implicit in this goal is the fact that we’re going to be eating more vegetables this summer.  So we’ll be eating healthier, and hopefully that will also have a positive impact on all of us.

Wish us luck!

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6 responses

26 04 2010
Tamara Anderson

Mark,

you could always use the time-tested trick of hiding vegetables in muffins and pizzas and bread….. check amazon for this book “Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food” and other books like that.

One good way of using up the vegetables and fruits! 🙂

26 04 2010
Dawn

Good to see you blogging again! The cream of broccoli soup post made me laugh out loud. Darn smart children!

27 04 2010
Heidi @ ggip

Sounds like a great blogging idea. I would love to have all kinds of fresh produce. 🙂

27 04 2010
Heidi @ ggip

PS, my older son eats fruits and vegetables like there is no tomorrow. But he won’t eat potatoes of any kind, american cheese or any other number of “kid” foods. Go figure.

2 05 2010
Kat

Look at that purple pepper!!!

11 05 2010
Miss Behaving

You’re so lucky to have all that fresh produce to hand.
I know that are doezens of ways to prepare vegs but do take a look at some Japanese recipes, especially for leafy greens, they are so delish, my youngest is rather picky but the others all gobble up veg like there’s no tomorrow, I ahve to hide my husband’s for when he gets in or they’ll eat it all.

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