So this is it, a gloomy fall day, and smallish haul (summer's bounty fading, sigh), with a lot of green plum tomatoes, not even very good green plum tomatoes. Anyone have a good pickling recipe for them!? Think I may try a curry flavored pickle. Would fry them but have been having too much fun frying the sweet potatoes—so much better than russets!
Parsley, kale, lettuces, beets, some nice crisp apples, onions, scallions, delicious watermelon.
So what's the final verdict on this summer's CSA experience? Ours? The product over all was good. I think the value was acceptable, and worth it for the quality and for our desire to encourage and support the farmers who help us get good food for our families.
There is only one negative, but it's a big one. Choice. I really, really like choosing what I eat. Also, I get ideas and hungers for specific dishes and so want to cook that way. Also, sometimes the Amish folks at the North Union Farmer's Market, where I would otherwise go, have gorgeous lima beans, or fresh soy beans, that are too good to pass up. Because we had this CSA, I'd often skip the market unless I needed chicken or pork. Part of summer's fun is finding something gift-of-god gorgeous that you simply must buy and cook. I miss that surprise and cooking that way.
So for me, I don't think CSA is the way to go. Or maybe I'll side with Donna who suggested getting a small share next year, and supplementing it with goods from the farmer's market.
You? What's your verdict. (And if you have a link for a cool green tomatoes recipe, please leave it in comments!)