Sister Barefoot got a CSA share last year and Mr. Barefoot and I watched jealously as she received fresh radishes, arugala, tomatoes, squash, and other veggies. Okay, we weren't so jealous of the chard. Chard is a little....gross.
So now we're trying to decide whether we want to get a half-share of the same CSA this year. Is having fresh tomatoes and zucchini (zucchini bread!) worth the possibility of getting way more chard and kale than we can handle?
Part of figuring this out is to go through my cookbooks and see what recipes intrigue me. I have a recipe for kale chips, which sounds a lot like eating that seaweed that you wrap sushi in. Also chard frittata, which sounds like a pretty good way to mask the chard flavor. I'm hoping to start making more casseroles, and I think casseroles are probably a great use for greens.
The pros of a CSA seem to be:
1.) Fresh, organic, locally grown vegetables come to us
2.) Don't have to go to the farmer's market every week
3.) Supporting a local farm
4.) Expand our horizons and eat different, crazy vegetables - and more of them, since we definitely don't eat enough vegetables.
5.) Approximately $13 a week, which is similar to what we spend on produce
The cons are:
1.) Vegetables we might not like at all, but feel like we have to eat all of since we've already paid for them.
2.) Don't get to go to the farmer's market every week (although I reminded Mr. Barefoot we could just go for the handmade mini donuts.)
3.) Harder to menu plan, since we won't know what we're getting until Monday night.
4.) Might end up with too many vegetables, and end up throwing things away.
5.) We could just take that $13 a week to the farmer's market and buy produce.
Do you have a CSA? Would you recommend it to me? Do you have any suggestions for great recipes for greens? What can I do with chard?