Current random thought: I got it in my head that it would be fun and awesome to get back into a CSA. I haven’t been a part of a CSA in a long time, preferring to meal plan and shop exactly to my list, which keeps household food waste under control. Right now, we source the vast majority of our produce from a local co-op that sources all organic produce, and supplement with a small farmer’s market, so I don’t think the question here is what kind or availability of produce. I think I’m simply daydreaming about picking up a box of produce farm fresh produce that someone else put together to me, to take some of the calculations out of it all. Of course, getting random stuff would definitely cause me to loosen my grip on my meal planning, or at least restructuring of it. A huge benefit would be to eat way more seasonally.
So, those of you who do csa’s ( squaretaper LIT AF PE, I think you do?), what do you like and what do you not like about them? Give me the downlow!
Full disclosure, my last CSA membership ended probably about 9-10 years ago… it was year round and I remember a LOT of tomatoes in the fall/winter (which in New England, was very long!). Not ideal for a single person!
what do you like and what do you not like about them?
My CSA gives me the flexibility to add/remove items I don't want and adjust quantities, so it's really not as random as it used to be. So if there's something I want more of (nectarines are SO good right now) then I add more and pay more. To balance that, I remove stuff I'm not in the mood for that week. Price ends up being about the same. I supplement with grains and rare fruit/veg from my local food co-op like you.
There's also a function in my customer portal where I can also select "do-not-send" items that I know I don't want and will never eat (e.g. I am fervently in the anti-kale camp, team broccoli n sprouts ova hea!).
The particular CSA I'm in is a little larger and I'm a little selective about where my produce comes from so I generally select items that I know are grown within about 75 miles of my location. Eat seasonal! Eat local! Eat more veg!
I want to know how someone discovered popcorn. Like were they just trying to cook some really dry corn and it just happened? Also for that matter how did we learn what almonds were poisonous and which ones weren't? Do the trees have a tell tale sign?