A Downside of a CSA

weekly CSA produce share
Those peppers could be hot, or they could be mild. Only time and tasting will tell.

Joining a CSA has a lot of benefits: some of the freshest produce you can get without growing and picking it yourself. But, there are downsides, too. You pay in advance and you never know exactly what or how much you might get. We’re lucky, because our farmer has been involved with the CSA for close on a decade, and he has the experience to know to plant a large variety of crops, knowing that some years a particular crop may fail. That means that almost always we get a pretty good-sized share of each type of produce. But, sometimes we don’t, and this week’s green beans are a good example. We received about 1/2 of a basket of green beans, probably not quite enough for a side dish for two people. It might be a little disappointing, but, after six-plus years of being members, we know that this is part of the risks and rewards of farming.

Overall, we picked up:

  • Big Jim Anaheim peppers (5)
  • Red Potatoes (5)
  • Sweet corn (3 ears)
  • Cucumbers (2)
  • Basil (1 bag)
  • Tomatillos (1 basket) traded for another bag of basil
  • Okra (1 basket)
  • Green beans (1 basket)

Upon returning home, we immediately cooked up a batch of fried okra and had that with a side of red potatoes. Later in the week, we’ll be making Basil-Almond Pesto with those bags of basil, so, if that interests you, keep checking back. We’re still undecided on the rest of the produce.

September 4 update: The basil was indeed used for Basil-Almond Pesto. Cucumbers we had sliced as crunchy sides with meals. We cooked up two ears of corn, along with a few potatoes, in the microwave, the third ear of corn we pan roasted along with the green beans to use as a bed for a batch of porcini risotto. The peppers we broiled to remove the skins, they are still awaiting their fate.

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