Sunday, November 16, 2008

Final CSA Week: What's in the box

Half-frozen strawberries are sitting in my Indiana front yard currently. I'm shocked that the plants have been producing into November, and even more so that they're not tart.

Yes, it's true that you can eat seasonally - and locally - in Zone 5 in November. Here's what was on hand with my final CSA share from our 25-week CSA program.
  • A couple of acorn squash, for which I stumbled on an amazing-sounding recipe from Bobby Flay this morning. (Guess my husband's Food Network habit is good for something.)
  • An apple.
  • A few unripe tomatoes.
  • Unidentifiable greens (I wish these would be explained better in the e-mails from NHO).
  • Shitake mushrooms! (A bright spot).
  • Bok choy - more veggie lo mein on tap.
  • A small cabbage, about the right amount for homemade egg rolls a friend and I made last night.

The season ended up being two weeks shy of what was promised, but I would rather have a refund than receive really bad produce for a couple of weeks.

Thinking about subscribing to a CSA for next season? I'll wrap up my thoughts on the experience later this week.

The name of this CSA was deleted from this post on January 28, 2009. I have been falsely accused of libel by this CSA and will no longer promote them by using the name of the organization. The link to the CSA was deleted on Jan. 30, 2009.


Green Bean said...

You probably know this but you can stick your unripe tomatoes in a paper bag and they will ripen. They may not taste as good as they did at the peak of the season but still delicious in a soup or stew and better than no tomato in a salad.

Robbie said...

I actually had not heard you could do that for tomatoes, though I've done it for fruit all the time. Thanks for the tip!