Sunday, June 06, 2010 Posted by Dina N
So we went to the farmer's market, bright and early, and found our farmers. They were very nice, gave us a large paper bag full of vegetables, and we continued shopping for fruit, homemade cheese, salsa and honey. I just love the farmers market! Every spring, I can't wait for that first week when it opens.The sights, the smells, the freshly squeezed lemonade stand, I love them all! My kids have a blast every time we go, tasting a few samples, stuffing their faces with huge chocolate chip cookies, asking questions about everything.
We had a great time as usual, and then headed home to check out the CSA package. That turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. You see, when you sign up for a CSA share, you basically buy a cat in a bag. You don't know what you are getting each week, and it might be a great surprise, or just happen to be something you don't care for.
Here is what $20 got us: a small bunch of carrots, a bunch of what looked like radishes but turned out to be beets, a bunch of kale, a head of lettuce, and a tiny bunch of broccoli. What seemed like a full bag dwindled by half after we trimmed the leaves from the carrots and beets. We had to throw out some of the carrots and beets because they had turned bad. My husband hates beets anyway, and was really disappointed that they were not radishes because he can eat a mountain of those. We made a salad with everything but the kale (beets on the side, please) and polished it for dinner.
Then today, I made baked kale chips. It's a very easy recipe, all you need is olive oil and seasoning salt, tear the leaves up, season, and bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees F. I think they turned out OK but the family disagrees.
So at the end, we got a bowl of salad and a bowl of kale chips for 20 bucks. The veggies were fresh and very tasty but it seems a bit steep. My husband thinks it's a waste of money but is too kind to say so, since it was my idea. He did say that the farmer was selling the same produce at the stand for what seemed like lower prices, on average. I say, let's wait and see - other weeks might be better. If not, we'll just go back to shopping at the farmer's market as usual, without prepaying for weeks in advance and limiting our choices to what the farm has that week. Honestly, I don't know how many bunches of beets my husband can tolerate...
What is your experience with CSA? Have you tried a subscription? Is it what people usually get this time of year? Please do share!