2014 CSA Share Week 13


This is the diary of our 2014 CSA share. The cost of our full share is $545 for 22 weeks (this CSA offers a winter share) which will bring us to the last week in October, and works out to $24.75 per week. Western New York weather is such that June is lightest CSA month. September and October will be more than abundant! Usually I feel I don’t get my money’s worth the first few weeks (which will be predominantly lettuces), but the fall bags more than make up for that.

We also purchased a Fruit Share this year for $180, lasting 18 weeks which works out to $10 per week. The local fruit included in the fruit share starts with cherries, apricots, plums, peaches, nectarines, blueberries, and moves into pears, raspberries and of course apples! This portion of the share begins in July.


Hubby and I used up nearly all the old CSA vegetables and fruits. We had a marathon cooking and baking session last weekend (recipesto come), and ate well this past week! We also froze a few CSA items for later.

Hubby has been home all week getting his taxes in order. They are due for the business on September 15th, and his accountant is breathing down his neck for the info. But, that didn’t mean he couldn’t go to the CSA with me this week! He hasn’t been all season, and I do like when he goes. Since he cooks most of our meals, it is better that he chooses what vegetables we will be using the upcoming week.

That and I wanted him out in the field with me!

We picked up the regular share, and I had Hubby fill the vegetable bag while I went over to the fruit share. The fruit share wasn’t that great this week, 3.5# peaches and plums (mix and match) and organic raspberries. The vegetable share bag wasn’t all that hot either actually, not a ton of variety to choose from. However, the extras: celery, 10 (large) tomatoes (for me to freeze!) and purple kohlrabi certainly filled out the share.

What made this week’s vegetable share outstanding? Hubby picked 2 pints of cherry tomatoes in the u-pick and together we picked that giant bowl of green beans (to freeze and for Hubby to make these awesome oven beans) and the purple beans you see next to the purple onions in the photograph. We also picked lemon basil which smells just like a … lemon! (the pile next to the raspberries and plums).

All-in-all this was probably the best CSA week of the year to date for vegetables!

2014 CSA Share Week 13

• Beans* (green and purple)
• Beets
• Carrots*
• Celery*
• Chard*
• Cucumbers*
• Edamame
• Flowers
• Kohlrabi*
• Onions*
• Peaches* (yellow, donut)
• Peppers, sweet and hot*
• Plums* (European, Ozark)
• Potatoes
• Raspberries*
• Scallions*
• Tomatoes*
• Various Greens*

* took for share

Do you belong to a CSA? If so, what type? How much? Do you find it as worthwhile as I do?


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2014 CSA Share Week 12


This is the diary of our 2014 CSA share. The cost of our full share is $545 for 22 weeks (this CSA offers a winter share) which will bring us to the last week in October, and works out to $24.75 per week. Western New York weather is such that June is lightest CSA month. September and October will be more than abundant! Usually I feel I don’t get my money’s worth the first few weeks (which will be predominantly lettuces), but the fall bags more than make up for that.

We also purchased a Fruit Share this year for $180, lasting 18 weeks which works out to $10 per week. The local fruit included in the fruit share starts with cherries, apricots, plums, peaches, nectarines, blueberries, and moves into pears, raspberries and of course apples! This portion of the share begins in July.


This was, IMO, a very good week! Oh not the vegetable share. The share-photograph looks full because I spent $4 to get more tomatoes to freeze. Blight has hit the area hard, and I wanted to gather tomatoes while the getting was good.

The fruit share was once again outstanding! We got 7 pounds of fruit and could choose from: white peaches, yellow peaches, donut peaches, European plums, Ozark plums and apricots. Since I’m about apricot-ed out, I chose a varieties of peaches and plums with only a few apricots for color. I am so glad I did the 20 Fresh Plum Recipes round up this week, and the 20 Fresh Peach Recipes last week – I’m clearly baking this weekend!

The vegetable portion of the share was just meh. Still, I have plenty to keep me busy this weekend with freezing those tomatoes and using up all that fruit.

2014 CSA Share Week 12

• Apricots*
• Beets
• Bok Choy*
• Carrots*
• Chard
• Cucumbers
• Edamame
• Flowers
• Garlic*
• Kale
• Onions*
• Peaches* (white, yellow, donut)
• Peppers, sweet and hot*
• Plums* (European, Ozark)
• Potatoes
• Scallions*
• Tomatoes*
• Various Greens* (not shown, only took a bit)

* took for share

Do you belong to a CSA? If so, what type? How much? Do you find it as worthwhile as I do?


• For more CSA posts on Ann’s Entitled Life, click here.

Mind Your Peas and Cukes pinterest board: All things CSA, Produce, Farmstead Fresh – community supported agriculture, farmstand fresh produce, organic produce, more from all over the United States.

CSA posts
Find a CSA
Porter Farms CSA (we belonged for years)
Root Down Farm CSA (our 2013 and 2014 CSA)
NYS Fruit and Vegetable Harvest Calendar
US Agricultural Data


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2014 CSA Share Week 11


This is the diary of our 2014 CSA share. The cost of our full share is $545 for 22 weeks (this CSA offers a winter share) which will bring us to the last week in October, and works out to $24.75 per week. Western New York weather is such that June is lightest CSA month. September and October will be more than abundant! Usually I feel I don’t get my money’s worth the first few weeks (which will be predominantly lettuces), but the fall bags more than make up for that.

We also purchased a Fruit Share this year for $180, lasting 18 weeks which works out to $10 per week. The local fruit included in the fruit share starts with cherries, apricots, plums, peaches, nectarines, blueberries, and moves into pears, raspberries and of course apples! This portion of the share begins in July.


Just when I had caught up…

Last weekend Hubby and I spent a lot of time processing the CSA produce. I was concerned that we were falling into a bad habit of not using it right away, and then it wilted and went into Hubby’s vegetable stock bag. I thought that was a giant waste of excellent produce. I processed the tomatoes for freezing, Hubby made these awesome roasted garlic green beans, I made apricot jam, he made apricot fruit leather… basically, we used what we had except for onions, potatoes and carrots.

This week, apricots were still available (I was shocked), but they are gorgeous and we’ll be eating those instead of baking with them. I got 6 more CSA tomatoes, and have over a dozen from my garden, so I will be freezing tomatoes again this weekend.

I think I will make Hubby happy, and make blueberry cobbler. We received a quart, so maybe two blueberry cobblers!

The potatoes are keeping well so I plan on just adding to that pile. Same for the onions and carrots. I do have a ton of peppers to process between the garden and CSA. I am sure Hubby has some ideas for them. Joy.

This week again was a great value for the money. While I hate to see the same produce all the time (and I realize it is a function of the growing season), when it is produce we use, I am very happy!

2014 CSA Share Week 11

• Apricots*
• Beets
• Blueberries*
• Bok Choy*
• Cantaloupe
• Carrots*
• Chard
• Cherry Tomatoes*
• Cucumbers
• Edamame*
• Flowers
• Onions*
• Peaches
• Peppers, sweet and hot*
• Plums
• Potatoes*
• Scallions
• Tomatoes*

* took for share

All-in-all another very good CSA week!

Do you belong to a CSA? If so, what type? How much? Do you find it as worthwhile as I do?


• For more CSA posts on Ann’s Entitled Life, click here.

Mind Your Peas and Cukes pinterest board: All things CSA, Produce, Farmstead Fresh – community supported agriculture, farmstand fresh produce, organic produce, more from all over the United States.

CSA posts
Find a CSA
Porter Farms CSA (we belonged for years)
Root Down Farm CSA (our 2013 and 2014 CSA)
NYS Fruit and Vegetable Harvest Calendar
US Agricultural Data


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