Wednesday, November 7, 2012

CSA Cancelled

Yep it's true. We're CSA box dropouts.

We had a great time with our Dominion Harvest CSA local, organic produce box this year. We got it every 2 weeks and each time it was like mini Christmas wrapped in a farmers market.
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It was especially great when we loved and ate all the fresh food. Horray! I love fresh peaches, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, lettuce, goat cheese and more! It was not so grand however when we were 'ehh I don't particularly like kale' or 'lets take 3 weeks to figure out how to use these radishes'. Worst yet when 'oops we forgot to eat the un-shelled black eyed peas'.

whomp whomp.

What's worse than wasting food? Wasting organic local expensive food. narf.

After about 6 month of biweekly produce kicks we decided to stop. It's not that we didn't like the service. I loved it; usually. Except when I didn't. I knew it'd be a fun adventure eating all the stuff we don't normally pick up for ourselves. It'd be cool to get local free roaming eggs and other fancy stuff like local honey, molasses, & jam.

For the record here are the things that we got (that some farmer worked reallllly hard for) but we either weren't great fans, wasted some or all, forgot about in the back of our fridge, or didn't eat fast enough thus went soft/hard/gooey/bad. This is so hard. #guilty
  • kale
  • radishes
  • black eyed peas
  • turnips
  • strange greens
  • more than one type of cheese
  • pears
  • arugula
We did really have fun trying on many things. Often there are things you'll eat if given but wouldn't really go out of your way to buy it at the store. for us ie. some types of squash, swiss chard, mustard greens, pears, some apples, okra, yellow string beans, persimmons, figs & even watermelon.

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Those things are just not in our normal repertoire of food dishes. It's not like I can't cook with them. I'm just not used to. And that hesitancy often meant it'd take a while for me to muster enough umph to getting around to those ingredients. Which often meant they'd gone bad. Bad chef Amato's.
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On top of all that (it really wasn't that much, I'm making it seem worse than it was) we paid almost $40 every 2 weeks for this luxury. With our budget that meant we'd played this CSA game for enough time. It was great while it lasted.

We would definitely recommend Dominion Harvest to locals. They are great! They provided recipes for each week and let us cancel or even pause any time we wanted. No contract required. The quality of the stuff was great too! Everything came on time and in good condition, with not a single egg cracked! Maybe next year or in the future we'll try again with more committment (and budget hopefully!).

It's almost the end of the season anyway. So last week was our last. We'll turn our trusty red box in soon along with its' cooler pack and remnant farm dirt.

6 comments :

  1. That looks like an awesome bounty, especially with the eggs included! But you're right, it's not worth paying for if you can't use the contents. I can tell my drop off site is getting sick of bok choy because that's ALL that was in the swap box this week!

    I am trying to embrace the seasonal eating but it does get to be kind of bleh when you do get some stuff you just don't like or know how to use. Other times it's like, omg yay I'd never have bought this but I now love it!

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  2. I think a CSA is a GREAT way to try new things! I wanted to do a half share but since I'm a single on-the-go 20 something, I often go for days without cooking anything. (Dinner will be a smoothie on the go! haha)

    There's nothing better than fresh, local, organic food though!

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  3. I like the idea of doing a CSA, except these are the reasons why I wouldn't. I know I would enjoy the idea of it, and probably would eat some great foods that I wouldn't otherwise. But I have a feeling most of it would be wasted because I'd never remember to cook it.

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  4. You know what? We did the very same thing. We really enjoyed it at first, and it forced us to give a few new things a whirl, but then that wore off, and we were getting tired of the usual basics, and the other not-so-fond of food items. In the end we decided we were further ahead to buy what we wanted when we wanted it... Good for you for making the call!

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  5. Wow, this is a very good harvest indeed. How lng have you been doing this kind of stuff? Can I ask if it is possible to plant herbs one those indoor gardens? I mean I'm planning to have one like this and plant some herb they call tulsi, I researched about this herb and found out a good one from a research on tulsi tea. So is it worthy to plant one of should I stick on vegetables?

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