It's been a good year. Will we do it again? We don't know. We make that decision come spring--it depends on whether we want to seriously garden, what our finances are like, what our schedules will be like, and similar factors. This year they opened up a new pick-up day/location which was MUCH more convenient than our pick-up during 2011. That helped tip the scales.
Our favorites from this year:
- getting to try so many different types of greens!
- learning that there are ways we can enjoy turnips, eggplant, beets, and a host of similar vegetables
- all the bell peppers--there were MANY this year
- getting to know Caleb and the other Colvins (like Isaac) we came into contact with!
- September and October, no doubt about it. Fall is SUCH a busy time, and the vegetables that start to come in during late summer/early fall often demand more prep/cooking than their summer counterparts (eggplant, for instance, as opposed to cucumbers).
Cookbooks used heavily:
- Simply in Season--I cannot imagine a CSA experience without this invaluable resource. As I type, I have two recipes in the works for dinner tonight from this book!
- Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone--I didn't use this as much, but it was a terrific resource and idea starter
- How to Cook Everything, 10th ann edition and Joy of Cooking, 1997 edition--again, I didn't use these quite as much as Simply in Season, but they provided invaluable tips and tricks from some veggies
- Cook's Illustrated Cookbook--the BEST for a HUGE variety of salads, some featuring lettuce as the base and some featuring primarily vegetables. This came in handy when we had an abundance of radishes, arugula, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc. I also made their version of Gazpacho several times.