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19 October 2013 @ 08:58 pm
Produce  
  That's Community Supported Agriculture.  In spring we handed a check to one of our local organic farmers and every Friday, I picked up whatever was on offer that week.  In theory, this is a beautiful thing.  Lots and lots of organic produce,  Tomatoes, green beans, onions, garlic, kale, swiss chard, potatoes, carrots, kohlrabi, beets, squash, cauliflower, broccoli, eggplant, cabbage, herbs, a dozen things I can't think of now.

In practice, on Fridays, I'm kind of tired from the week, and produce needs to be prepped for the week or the freezer.  It's really labor intensive, although I have a lot of stuff in the frozen to use when I want it.

Yesterday, I baked pizza bead in the machine.

Today, I baked a butternut squash (for Italian sausage and squash soup), made a leek and chick pea side dish, curried carrot soup, pickled a cabbage into quick kimchee, cooked the rest of the beets, some for freezing and some for pickle, blanched brussels sprouts to go with the chicken fried steak I'm making tomorrow (tsuki_no_bara  I blame you).  I still have to roast peppers to can - I have a dozen.  This is a weekly thing, with variation, of course.

Dinner was grilled cheese sandwiches with the pizza bread, mozzarella, pepperoni and parmesan, and tomato soup.

Next week is the last week, and I won't be doing it again next year, because I am exhausted.  For just the two of us, a farmer's market is more practical.  I had to get pickling cukes from them anyway, so I could have pickles.

I tell you this, so I can tell you that I watched Seaquest DSV while I was cooking.  Stargate:Atlantis owes a lot to this show.  It also reminded me how much I love Stacy Haiduk, and now, I need to watch Kindred again, but maybe not until next week.  Anyone up for a rewatch?
 
 
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cindytsuki_no_bara on October 20th, 2013 03:52 am (UTC)
i am always happy to accept blame for chicken fried steak. :D and can i just say, i love that you have all this produce and for dinner you made... grilled cheese. heh.
beadslutbeadslut on October 20th, 2013 02:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but I baked the bread!

Those sandwiches were supposed to be lunch, I was tired of cooking by dinner time :-) The wee one and I made tea sandwiches for lunch before she went home.
Zubeneschamali: alhambrazubeneschamali on October 20th, 2013 01:30 pm (UTC)
A colleague and I keep saying we're going to do a study of how people use their CSA produce differently than normal produce, and why. Like, you wouldn't do all of that baking and freezing and pickling with produce from the grocery store, right? But when it's a CSA, it's different somehow.

Also, "pizza bead" is an awesome typo. :D
beadslutbeadslut on October 20th, 2013 02:42 pm (UTC)
I would never buy as much or as varied produce in one go at the grocery, although I have been known to overdo it at the Farmer's Market. There is often just enough of an item to feed two, but several selections of a those items, so using it up before it goes off is occasionally a problem necessitating freezing. Canning is harder for small quantities, but hey, I made tomato sauce for the first time this year, as well.

That is a pretty good typo. Now I want a necklace with turtle beads and pizza beads.
I can read Sam's mind: SPN: Sam's Bright Smilewendy on October 20th, 2013 01:43 pm (UTC)
I have heard this complaint -- too much -- so many times about CSAs! It's why I can't sign up for one. Also because they're always incredibly expensive and I can never make the drops, ever. SIGH.
beadslutbeadslut on October 20th, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC)
I really like supporting a local, organic, family farm. The amount of produce we've received is often staggering, sometimes bewildering (I never cooked or ate Swiss chard before, never cooked kohlrabi). We'll have produce through the winter, so I guess if you average the cost out that way it becomes reasonable. Most of all it's being tied to a schedule that makes it problematic. Picking up on the way home seemed like a great idea, but then you use up hours prepping and storing.

For us, Farmer's Market is the way to go. Do you have those nearby?
I can read Sam's mind: SPN: Sam's Bright Smilewendy on October 20th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
We do have Farmer's Markets, but I work weekends, so they're impossible for me to get to. Alas.
beadslutbeadslut on October 20th, 2013 02:43 pm (UTC)
You need a minion. yup yup.
suncatstudio on October 20th, 2013 03:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks for taking the time to write up your experience. I've wondered about the CSAs, but this shows that Farmers' Markets are the way to go for us, too. A CSA would be quite impractical for us, as marvelous an idea as it is.
goneaheadgoneahead on October 21st, 2013 01:04 am (UTC)
**tilts head**

pizza bead?
beadslutbeadslut on November 1st, 2013 01:53 am (UTC)
Why yes, Pepperoni and mozzarella encased in glass. What?
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