I can hardly believe it, but yesterday marked my 24th and final CSA pickup.
Back in May, I was really hesitant about whether or not to participate because of the upfront cost. Once I found someone to share the box of veggies and fruit with, I decided to go ahead and take the plunge.
I have to say, I am so glad I did.
For nearly half the year, I got an array of fresh produce for approximately $20 per week. Having a constant stream of produce that was pre-selected for me really helped me to plan healthy, unique, and affordable meals for myself.
Some of these veggies really brought me out of my comfort zone and challenged me as a chef. Finding new ways to cook with kale, cabbage, and more had me constantly researching methods of food preparation and referencing my textbooks from culinary school.
Sure, there were some weeks when I got a lot of greens (dare I say too many?) or a bunch of radishes, but I rarely wasted anything. Sorry picky eaters, I’d say a CSA is best suited for someone who is open to trying new things and experimenting in the kitchen. Overall, the CSA was a great experience for me. It was an awesome way to learn more about my favorite hobby, hone the skills I learned in culinary school, and stay practiced.
I’ll definitely be seeking out a CSA in my new neighborhood next year. Maybe I’ll even get lucky and it’ll be from the same farm! Stoneledge Farm and the 92nd Street CSA was so great about making sure we got a good variety in our shares. They even added fresh apple cider to the fruit share last week!
Here’s what I did with mine:
I’d highly suggest making some apple cider syrup to drizzle over some of that apple pie and vanilla ice cream you’ll be eating this Thursday—and then on your pancakes the next morning.
In a time crunch? Sorry, but that’s not a valid excuse this time! Making apple cider syrup is so hands off that you’ll almost feel guilty about taking all the compliments that’ll be coming your way.
- 4 cups apple cider
- Pour apple cider into a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil.
- Lower heat and simmer for about 30 minutes until cider has reduced by approximately ¾ and has a syrupy consistency (the syrup should coat the back of your spoon).