Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Reviews Of Local CSAs For Howard County
I had thought that I would be a natural at "community supported agriculture." I thought that I would post every week about my first year of CSA deliveries and what I had whipped up with the vegetables.
As summer closes, I haven't been inspired to post much. The drought made it had a hard year to farm, and I knew that I was buying into the risk/reward of a real share.
But I haven't done much more than cut up vegetables this summer. We eat tomatoes with salt, maybe some cubed cucumber and mint. We cherished baby lettuces at the start and the melon this week, and I was completely amused by the eggs that I got through a fluke. But I have been a bit puzzled about what to do with four carrots or two beets or a dozen green beans. I'm not planning right. Or I'm not prepared with recipes. So I'm puzzled and wondering if a CSA delivery is smart for me if I have to go shopping after work to create a meal.
What has your CSA delivered this year? Would you do it again? How are you using the vegetables? Do you keep basics on hand so that you have what you need? How do you use small amounts?
I'm still figuring out my thoughts for 2011. Howard County has a bunch of CSA options. I started small this year, encouraged by a place where I could pick up in the evening. But I may need to go big and get deliveries like Sarah Says posts about. I would have to figure out a way to pick up at one of the established places like Gorman Produce Farm or Shaw Farm, the Columbia farm whose manager has posted comments on HowChow.
(Update: For 2011, check out my February 2011 post about CSAs. Please add your reviews there. I'd love to know what you recommend.)