The Boy and I toyed with the idea of subscribing to a CSA box for some time, but it seemed like we could never find one we really liked – too limiting of a schedule, too expensive, too much produce for just two people. Then the Boy happened upon Farm Fresh to You – only $26 a delivery, we could set it for every other week (or every week, or every three weeks or four weeks), and we could customize the box both by saying what we didn’t like and by getting a peek at the contents beforehand (we can add and remove items as long as we hit $26 in value).
So, we gave it a try!
Our first box came with three Fuji apples, three Bosc pears, four Fuyu persimmons, three kiwis, one bunch of red radishes, one Eureka lemon (that’s a regular lemon pretending to be fancy), one pound King Richard leeks, one bunch assorted lettuce, and one bunch (I guess that’s what it’s called?) brown beech mushrooms.
Some of the items, like the pears, kiwis, and apples, were easy – we just ate them as snacks. We don’t often spend money on food just to snack, so it was nice to have some healthy options around the house. I personally love an apple with peanut butter, though I tried to be healthy about my peanut butter choice and realized I just love Jif.
The Forest Feast also suggested these fried leeks and curry dressing, which we ate to round out the persimmon salad meal (seriously, that cookbook is awesome).
We used the mushrooms in Pino Maffeo’s Crispy Tofu with Noodles, from Food & Wine’s Chef Recipes Made Easy (I could only find it on eBay if you want the whole book).
And the radishes became more snacks, topped with butter and salt and again inspired by The Forest Feast (Though don’t use salted butter. My bad.).
In the end, two weeks was just enough time to eat everything except the assorted lettuce, which I was optimistic about but never used because let’s face it – I don’t like lettuce and no CSA box is going to make me. Still, it’s exciting to receive a new box every couple of weeks, and it’s already forced us to eat more fruit and veggies and get more strategic about meal planning (after all, you can’t let perfectly gorgeous produce go to waste).
So eat local! Try a CSA box! And if you want to try this one – use the code KELL6176 to get $10 off your first box. It’s a good way to spice up your kitchen time.
I was not compensated for this post. All the opinions are my own.