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A Peek Inside Our CSA Box

We joined our local CSA last Spring and although I don’t always make it through all of the lettuce and I occasionally lose some vegetables in the back of the fridge when it gets full and we’re busy and I’m not cooking as much I’d like, we’ve really enjoyed picking up our weekly box of goodies and I’m happy to support our local organic farm, T&D Willey Farms, here in Madera, California.

It’s been a while since I shared the contents of our CSA box, so I thought I’d let you peek inside and see what’s growing around here in November.  Today’s haul: Tuscan Kale, Mei Qing Choi, Asian Turnips, Autumnal Lettuce, Yellow Onion, Nantes Carrots, Baby Dill, Sweet Green Pepper, Fuyu Persimmons, and Bosc Pears.  Our box is the small size, but there is the option of a family size box which would have more of everything plus an extra item or two (today’s family box would have included Fuji Apples as well).  Our box of produce costs $15/week.  We pay extra for a dozen organic pastured eggs each week, which come from Burroughs Family Farms.

We have the option to order extra produce from the Organic Abundance list that’s included in the weekly CSA newsletter.  So if I decided I wanted to purchase several pounds of apples to make pies or apple butter or to juice, I could place my order this week and a box of local, organic apples would be waiting for me with my next pickup.  The Organic Abundance list is quite extensive and I love having the option to order something extra if we want.  This month’s options include: Bosc Pears, Fuji Apples, Delicata Squash, Hachiya Persimmons, Fuyu Persimmons, Pastured Organic Eggs, Nantes Table Carrots, Juicing Carrots, Winter Savoy Spinach, Arugula, Eggplants, Yellow Onions, Lettuce, Shelled Walnuts, New Harvest Brown Rice, Pistchios, Olive Oil, Raisins, and Currents.  Lots to choose from!

The newsletter that is included with each weekly produce box is a wonderful resource.  Recipes are always included so you have an idea of what to do with your vegetables for the week and specific storage instructions are given for each item to ensure that everything stays fresh until you are ready to use it.  I seem to learn something new every time I read the newsletter and the recipes look so good that I’ve never been able to throw one away.   Are any of you currently members of a CSA?  If so, what’s in your box this week?