This is my third year with a CSA from Taproot Farms.
Overall, it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Truly. While we occasionally receive items that I’m unfamiliar with or not particularly fond of, the challenge to create new and delicious recipes has been one that I continue to enjoy. Plus, it’s easy enough to find a friend who will do a swap or take a gift of the items I’m not into.
My share includes vegetables and a 1/2 dozen eggs per week as well as a meat share that I receive every second week. I cannot express the reassurance I feel knowing that the meat I consume is not only raised locally, but by a farm that treats their animals with the respect they deserve. I’m of the school of thought that we should be appreciative and grateful to the animals that we consume by ensuring that they are well cared for while they are alive.
I always feel a huge sense of accomplishment when I’m able to create a meal exclusively from CSA ingredients. Most meals I come close- probably 75%. The main deterrent is the addition of grains like bread, pasta, etc.
Last night I made a delicious chicken cacciatore, CSA style. It even included some fresh (unfortunately non-CSA) fettuccine, which is a rare treat for me (I have a gluten allergy).
There’s so much good food grown in the summer, the boxes are extra fabulous this time of year.