Thursday, May 22, 2008

We joined a CSA for the first time this year and I am so excited about it! Monday was our first pick-up day and I was really pleased with the items we received - honey, rosemary, a baguette, tofu, tomatoes, salsa, eggs, and a free range organic chicken. Aside from the obvious benefits of eating fresh, local foods and supporting local farmers, I love the CSA because it gives me a starting point for meal planning each week. One task with which I really struggle is planning our menus and making our grocery lists. There are a bajillion possible meals we could eat - I don't know why it's so hard for me to come up with a few at the beginning of the week, then plan for them and still actually feel like making and eating them when the time comes. With the CSA, I can see what we get every week and then plan meals around those items - the most difficult part is eliminated!

My brother is moving to South Korea to teach English for at least the next year and his plane leaves tomorrow morning. Good luck, Andy!

9 comments:

Hamons said...

Mmmm, CSA food is so delish! Best wishes to your brother in his new adventure!

Mary Beth said...

Your CSA haul looks lovely. This reminds me of what my friend Carrie says about the difference b/t her Farmer's market (in Kansas) and when she comes out here (to California). In Kansas they sell pies and beef and honey. Out here it's all vegetables and fruit. I totally agree with you about meal planning--it's so hard to sit down with no idea and then come up with a list for the week. I've been using a system (during the school year) of preplanning the weeks; it's helped a lot.

amy h said...

Is this the CSA through Henhouse? (Good Natured Family Farms) I got a flyer about that one after I had already joined up with mine. Mine just has veggies. It would be nice to get the meats, etc. too. I do NOT like menu-planning, so this is a great help to me as well.

Mom said...

Sarah, it is nice that, through your blog, you are making more people aware of csa's. Although maybe the people who read your blog are already familiar with them! Even though it wouldn't work for me, I'm excited that your family is doing it.
Mom

Chelsea said...

Which farm are you using? I'm totally impressed with what you got...would be interested in doing myself.

Mary Beth said...

Hi Sarah. I forgot to mention that I tagged you!

Mamajama said...

Hi, I just found your blog through kcapfamilies. Anyway, just had to say that I feel you on struggling with meal planning. You wouldn't think it would be that hard...but somehow it is. Yummy CSA food!

Rach said...

Lovely blog and gorgeous babies! I am not familiar with CSA (I am in Australia) but the delivery looks delicious. I am familiar with Missouri and spent quite a lot of time there! Those stinking hot and hummid summers!

Emilie said...

oooh, I wish our CSA did eggs and poultry as well! Still, the veggies are awesome and I can't wait until ours starts up in a couple weeks!

I agree with you on the meal planning and shopping. I struggle with this every week as well.