Fall CSA- Week 1

CSA stands for community supported agriculture.  Basically, you pay an upfront fee, and you have access to farm fresh produce (and other goods such as milk, cheese, and eggs) on a weekly basis.

This is my first time joining a CSA.  I decided on a location that is convenient for me to pickup my produce on the way home from the office.  I also chose a small share, which should be a good amount of produce for myself, my husband, and our young daughter.  The CSA that I choose to be a part of runs for 9 weeks in the fall (there was a summer session as well, but I didn’t sign up in time for that one!).

I picked up my first CSA box on Tuesday, and here is what was in it!

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 bag of potatoes (4 large)
  • 1 large cantaloupe
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce
  • 5 peaches
  • 3 tomatoes (actually from a friend’s garden)
fresh local produce
Fresh Produce from our local farm

Time for a plan!  I do not want any of my precious produce to go to waste.  I was really hoping to get creative with my recipes, but it has been a busy week, so here is what I have done so far!

Garden Salad


  • 1 head of romaine lettuce (from CSA)
  • 1 cucumber (from CSA)
  • 1 tomato (from a friends garden)
  • 1/4 cup freshly shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 sweet onion- chopped

I chopped everything up.  Placed it in a clear glass bowl and then popped it in the fridge.

TIP #1** Anytime that I prep a batch of salad, I always put it in a clear glass bowl.  This ensures that each time I open the fridge, I see salad.  This makes me so much more likely to grab a quick bowl of salad rather than reaching for another snack or food.  It also allows me to keep an eye on how fresh the veggies are looking.

Salad in a clear bowl
Fresh green lettuce

TIP #2** I shred the cheese ahead of time, but I do not add it until I am ready to eat it.  This keeps my cheese from getting all wet and slimy…gross.  You can use bagged shredded cheese too, I just prefer to shred my own…mostly because it is cheaper!

Garden Salad



I do not like cantaloupe.  It smells so good, but I just don’t enjoy the taste of it.  Maybe I’ve just never had a good cantaloupe?  Regardless, I am determined to not let anything go to waste, and I am pushing my self to try new things.

NOTE* one great thing about my CSA is that they have a trade table.  If I really did not want my cantaloupe, I could leave it on the trade table and take something else (like more potatoes!).

I did not do anything fancy with my cantaloupe.  I cut it up once it was ripe…took a few bites…then took it with me to the office where my coworkers finished it for me!



The potatoes I saved and they went into one of my favorite dinners….shrimp and sausage cajun foil bakes.  See pictures and the recipe in CSA Week 2 here.



We let them sit on the counter until they softened a bit.  Sliced them. Ate them.  BORING I know!  With fresh produce like this…it doesn’t take a lot of work.

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