May is usually the month when your local CSA starts gearing up for the soon-to-come avalanche of summer bounty. Whether you live in warmer climes and are in the throes of strawberries, peas, asparagus from your year-round box or you're just starting up again after having the winter off, it's an exciting time for fresh, local produce. But it can be a challenging time, too, especially when unfamiliar or overly abundant vegetables show up. Read on for a roundup of tips to help you manage your CSA experience.
CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) are a wonderful way to support your local farm while ensuring that you have a steady flow of fresh, local, delicious produce in your kitchen. Problems arise for some people when unfamiliar vegetables start showing up or you're suddenly inundated with pounds of carrots or potatoes. Check out some of these posts for sound advice on how to manage your CSA's amazing, but sometimes overwhelming, bounty!
8 Ways to Love Your CSA
- How To Get the Most Out of your CSA
- 7 Tips for Managing Your CSA
- What If Your CSA Veg Box Came With Instructions?
- CSA Box Tip: Blanch and Freeze Your Winter Greens
- Precook a Week's Worth of Vegetables
- Roast Vegetables for a Week of Lunches
- 10 Ways to Eat More Vegetables Every Day
- Tips on Pickling, Canning and Preserving This Year's CSA Haul
We're committed to helping you manage your CSA vegetables! If you ever get an unfamiliar vegetable, or find yourself overwhelmed and not sure how to handle too much of one item, email us and we'll post some recommendations!
This post was requested by kit108 for Reader Request Week 2013.
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