2014 CSA Share Week 4

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2014 CSA Share Week 3


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.


Looks like we are back to picking and choosing from the options available. I wasn’t too impressed this week at all – we could fill a plastic bag, but the broccoli wasn’t trimmed, the zucchini was enormous, etc. Maybe I just have rabbit-food-fatigue, but I don’t think the value was there at all this week. Even if I could have taken everything, I still would have been meh. And, since no one here has been eating the greens, I may a conscious decision not to take any – Hubby has already frozen a load to make no sodium vegetable stock.

The u-pick opened a week ahead of schedule, so we got peas. I wasn’t prepared for that, so my sandals and I walked very gingerly among the pea vines.

In other CSA news, our 18 week fruit share has been cut to 17 weeks due to weather – the early spring weather was cool (weatherman said April ran 5° above normal, but what do the weather-people know?), so the fruit trees are a bit behind. Apparently we will a “full load” on the fruit trees this year. Cherries will begin for us on July 10th (take note those of you in WNY looking for seasonal fruit).

2014 CSA Share Week 4

• Bok Choy
• Broccoli *
• Broccolini
• Garlic Scapes *
• Head Lettuce
• Peas *
• Radicchio *
• Red Russian Kale
• Romaine *
• Salad Turnips
• Various Greens – including Arugula, Tot Soi, Vitamin Greens and Tokyo Borkan

* 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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Porter Farms CSA (we belonged for years)
Root Down Farm CSA (our 2013 and 2014 CSA)
NYS Fruit and Vegetable Harvest Calendar
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Comments

  1. I had to laugh at your “meh” on your share.. sometimes I get that too.. We usually have an abundance but sometimes the same ol same ol gets boring.. I thought our share was a bit sparse this week too but Im ok with it.. I’ve still got a frig loaded with veggies that I need to use up.
    I wound up giving my neighbor a head of lettuce & the kale that came out of my share this week.
    We ate all the green beans last night & I made up a big ol pot of beet greens & chard to eat on all week. I’ll probably put some in the freezer as well since there was a lot of it. I need to make some kale & Italian Sausage soup and can that but it wont be today. I should probably cook it down though.. Been chopping up the strawberries & adding sugar so D can have strawberry shortcakes..
    My job & gardens keep me so busy I dont have time to do much else.. I hope to get to cooking more soon.

    • Hubby and I spent the weekend using up the veggies from the last few weeks. I’ll be sharing the recipes in the next few weeks. I still have broccoli and peas left to deal with, but that isn’t bad!

      I can’t believe all you do and work FT, Kim! You really are superwoman!

      Ann

      • lol thats what everyone seems to think for some reason.. some days it kills me.. I dont WANT to work and still do all I do.. but I dont want to give up the things I love either.. though many have been reduced drastically.. except the gardening.. I look around me & realize how insane I am.. lol

        I still havent managed to get to my blog and write one post.. Im taking pictures and I plan on getting over there.. I guess I’ll just write a 3 or 4 week post.. 😛 Oh well!

  2. btw.. when I went to “Manage my subscriptions” I got this msg.. Catchable fatal error: Object of class WP_Error could not be converted to string in /home/annsent/public_html/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-facebook/lib/head.php on line 115

    • Awesome. Thanks Kim. The subscriptions have you as a Y. If that isn’t what you want …

      I need to send that to my programmer.

      Ann

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