getting ahead of your CSA pickup

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food-related / vegetarian meal plans


I’ve always been a big advocate of planning from what you have on hand instead of planning and THEN shopping. Admittedly, making this switch is a tough one. You have to build new shopping habits and learn to build a pantry that will support your vegetable stash.

Luckily, most of our local CSAs here in Austin do a really good job of letting you know what to expect. It’s not foolproof. You might end up with collards instead of kale come boxing time, but taking a peek at your list might help you get a headstart on some brainstorming. It could also help you think through the order that you’ll use your CSA veggies in. Delicate greens, before hardier greens. Radishes and turnips before those nearly-everlasting sweet potatoes.

This is what I’m picking up tomorrow:

  • Beet, Red
  • Carrot, Orange
  • Greens, Collards
  • Greens, Kale, Curly
  • Greens, Spinach
  • Herb, Cilantro
  • Lettuce, Mixed head bag
  • Onion, Green
  • Potato, Sweet
  • Radish, Black Spanish
  • Turnip, Purple Top

I see that I’ll need to account for a salad right off the bat and find a way to use my green onions snd cilantro early on. I’ll post my meal plan in a couple of days, but for now I had a question. Would you guys be interested in a short series on pantry-building and shopping habits to help you better support your CSA box?

The Author

vegetarian. mama. love to cook, read, knit, take pictures and make things. places where food, memory, and culture intersect are my favorite.

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