2014 CSA Share Week 15


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.


We took Max to Cornell this week so didn’t have much of a chance to use up last week’s CSA. I froze the tomatoes, and that was about it. On our way back from Ithaca, we stayed off the thruway and picked up some GIGANTIC cabbage (3/$4) and a Romanesco Cauliflower. So when I went to pick up on Thursday, I went in with a “meh” attitude: too much produce!

We are firmly into fall vegetable season. The fruit isn’t quite there yet. We got two pints of raspberries and some nectarines, plums and peaches (mix and match).

2014 CSA Share Week 14

• Beets
• Bitter Gourd
• Carrots*
• Celery
• Chard
• Cucumbers
• Kale*
• Kohlrabi
• Nectarines*
• Onions*
• Peaches (yellow, donut)
• Peppers, sweet and hot*
• Plums* (European, Ozark)
• Potatoes
• Radishes*
• Raspberries*
• Tomatoes*
• Various Greens* (not shown, only took a bit)
• Zucchini*

* 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 14


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 week I brought Mr. Max out for a ride with me when I went to pick up the CSA. That meant no u-pick (I sorta planned it that way). Hubby and I spent a lot of time processing produce last week, and I have some excellent recipes coming up in the next few weeks to prove it, but really don’t have time to process a lot.

Since my plants went away due to blight, I have to look for tomatoes to freeze elsewhere. I asked Hubby if he wanted to go for a drive for Roma (IMO about the easiest to de-seed and process), but he isn’t sure we will have the time this weekend (Max has another Cornell session next week, so we need to get mid-week things done on the weekend). We agreed I would buy more tomatoes at the CSA to be certain we’d have some frozen, and if we got more tomatoes on a ride – bonus!

The fruit is more peaches and plums. I made a fantastic plum pie earlier this week. At first I wasn’t going to share the recipe because I had no confidence in what I made. After it had cooled sufficiently, Hubby decided to be the guinea pig (what a guy!), and try the plum pie. He asked me if I wanted pictures before he cut into it, and I told him, “no”. He walked away while wolfing his piece of pie down, so I thought that was promising. Hubby can be a tad critical at times.

I served myself a piece of plum pie about 15 minutes later, and then grabbed the camera. Hubby started laughing at me when he heard that! (“I thought you weren’t going to share that recipe!?”) Yeah, it was that good!

I am making another pie with the plums I picked up this week, even if I just freeze for later.

And yes, I will be sharing that plum pie recipe, but not until September 15th.

2014 CSA Share Week 14

• Beans (green and purple)
• Beets
• Bitter Gourd (hey, it looked interesting!)
• Carrots*
• Celery*
• Chard*
• Cucumbers
• Edamame
• Flowers
• Garlic
• Kohlrabi
• Onions*
• Peaches* (yellow, donut)
• Peppers, sweet and hot*
• Plums* (European, Ozark)
• Scallions*
• Tomatoes*
• Zucchini

* 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 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?


• 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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