SHARE IT. News flash: CSA boxes can be big, and
if you live alone or with just one other person,
it’s a lot of food to cook and store all at once. Try
splitting a CSA with a friend or coworker; divide
ingredients as equally as possible—trade recipes
or cook together for added fun. Alternatively,
see if any farms in your area provide half shares.
COOK IT. Because produce in your CSA box is
harvested at the peak of freshness (no methane-ripened tomatoes, here), produce may not last as
long as store-bought veggies. When you pick up
your CSA, set aside time that night to cook. Our
favorite: Make a stew in your slow cooker, transfer
to individual containers and freeze. Reheat for
quick, healthy lunches during the week.
EMBRACE IT. CSAs are a wild card: You may get
unique ingredients you’ve never cooked with,
such as stinging nettles, watermelon radishes or
squash blossoms, along with the more common
spinach. Embrace these lesser-known ingredients
by searching online for cooking tips. Go to
deliciousliving.com/csa for healthy recipes using
common CSA foods to guide your meal prep.
HARVEST IT. If you can’t afford a CSA
membership, contact a farm in your area that
runs a CSA program. Some operations rely on
volunteers to harvest fruits and vegetables—and
offer a free weekly CSA in return. (Bonus: You’ll
likely have first choice of the best produce, too!)
Plus, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people
who care about where their food comes from
and how it’s grown.
Not only do Community Supported
Agriculture programs (CSAs) provide
you with local produce, meat and
dairy, but they also back local farmers
through the growing season—by
paying farms up front, the farmers
can better plan their income. Here’s
how to get the most out of your CSA.
BY JENNA BLUMENFELD
TIP: Find a CSA that offers a
pickup location at a natural grocery
store, so you can buy a baguette to pair
with that local cheese in one easy trip.