This is an indispensable tool to help you efficiently wash and spin dry your abundant salad greens. Also a great way to store your clean, dry greens for several days in the fridge.
Bags are essential to store, organize, and preserve the freshness of vegetables. Placing vegetables in bags will prevent drying out and wilting in the fridge. It's important to separate the greens from the roots as the greens will continue to extract water from roots and they'll loose their crunch. Try reusable mesh produce bags, or just plain old plastic bags that you can rinse out and reuse. Ziploc bags are essential for storing prepped vegetables, or freezing portions for later use.
GLASS CONTAINERS W/ LIDS
Large glass bowls or containers are great for storing a large amount of prepped vegetables, or dinner leftovers, great for prepping meals ahead. Mason jars (recommend wide mouth) have unlimited possibilities, a great storage tool for meal prep in addition to making salad dressings, and storing vegetables.
SHARP CHEF'S KNIFE & PARING KNIFE
Good, sharp knives make all the difference in the kitchen. Although they can be expensive, high quality knives are worth the investment and will greatly improve your cooking experience. Make sure you keep your knives sharp! You're more likely to cut yourself with a dull knife. It requires more force to cut through the food, which can cause you to loose control.
An indispensable tool for chopping all those vegetables.
Whether you choose cast iron or carbon steel, a high quality skillet is an essential kitchen tool. These two options are great alternatives to "non-stick" pans, since they really are non-stick once they're seasoned. Follow the care instructions and oil the pan after cleaning it. A high quality skillet is a great investment that can last a lifetime.
LARGE STOCK POT
A stock pot is not only important for soups and stews, but it's also used to make vegetable stock with your unused vegetables and scraps.
ROASTING PAN & BAKING SHEETS
Roasting vegetables is an easy strategy for preparing a lot of different vegetables quickly with delicious results. You can even freeze items after roasting!
An immersion blender is much easier to use and clean then a regular blender, plus, it takes up less space in the kitchen. It's perfect for pureeing soups right in the pot, for making a smooth fresh tomato sauce, and for pureeing fall veggies, like squash and potatoes- just add butter, salt, and pepper!
This type of peeler will change the way you think about peeling. Once you get the hang of it, you'll want to use it all the time. It's especially helpful for peeling winter squash, beets, or other hard to peel vegetables, plus you can use it to make super thin slices or carrots, radishes, or cucumber for a salad or small batch of quick pickles.
While a box grater can sometimes do the trick, a microplane really is the best when it comes to grating citrus zest, ginger, and hard cheeses. It's easy to use, easy to clean, and nice and sharp!
RICE COOKER, SLOW COOKER, or INSTA POT
Helpful on busy days to assemble a home cooked meal in a hurry. Great for soups, stews, stocks, chili, braised meats, and more! Slow cookers are inexpensive, economical to use and they're great for making the most of less expensive meat cuts and vegetable trimmings. They offer a healthier method of cooking and require the minimum amount of effort.
How to keep your vegetables fresh
Need a quick reference on how to store your farm share vegetables? Download this resource and stick it to your fridge to get the most out of your farm share!
Being a CSA member is the most effective step I’ve taken toward healthy eating.
Managing the box makes healthy eating much easier for me, because I organize meals around a box of fresh organic vegetables 32 weeks a year. I don’t need to spend time wandering around the produce aisle searching for well-priced, delicious-looking produce, many times in vain. Instead, each week I’m treated to a wonderful treat when I open up my CSA box of luscious-looking vegetables of the most amazing variety.
I’ve heard some folks lament they don’t know what to do with a supply of fresh vegetables every week. There are several strategies I use to help me get the most enjoyment from my CSA and use every bit so nothing goes to waste.
Familiarize yourself with what grows when.
Many of us have gotten so used to grocery store shopping that we don't know what month local tomatoes ripen or how to best store vegetables once we get them back to our kitchens. If you're new to seasonal eating, it's a good idea to get familiar with what kinds of foods to expect when, so you can pace your anticipation. Also, check out our recipe pages from time to time for new ideas on how to prepare vegetables that may be unfamiliar.
We do our best to keep you in the loop prior to each delivery about what to expect in your next share. However, occasionally we need to make last minute substitutions because of quantities available due to weather conditions, pest pressures, or other variables that are out of our control. We ask for your flexibility and trust that we are working our hardest to get you the best quality vegetables each week.
Make peace with visits to the produce aisle.
Most CSA members supplement their CSA box with a few items from the produce aisle, as many families want to eat more fruit than is provided in their box, or find they need something special to make a particular recipe work. Most people find themselves eating a wider variety of vegetables with a CSA, but if you find yourself missing some of what you're used to getting at the supermarket, by all means supplement.
Read the policies.
Each CSA operates a little bit differently when it comes to vacation policies, and pick-up procedures, and credits. Part of being happy with your CSA is understanding the way things work. Get familiar with our CSA policies here.
Get to know your farmers and the farm.
We really appreciate CSA members who look beyond the food and become interested in the farm itself. We love when our members ask us about the people who work on the farm, the culture of the farm, how the work is done here, and what it's like for those who do it. We welcome visitors any day of the week. Just give a call or send an email to make an appointment. We'd be happy to give you a tour of our fields, greenhouses, and wash station.
We want to hear your feedback.
The contents of our boxes are guaranteed. If for any reason, you're dissatisfied with the quality of an item, we happily offer replacements. We take pride in the freshness and quality of the vegetables we grow and deliver to you. Since we're dealing with highly perishable items, there's bound to be spoilage at one time or another. We invite members to give us feedback right away if something is amiss.
by Joshua McFadden
Recipes are organized by seasons, wonderful focus on fresh vegetables and herbs. Highlights many of the unusual vegetables you'll find in your CSA Shares.
by Samin Nosrat
An amazing illustrated book that will teach you how to master the elements of good cooking.
Excellent recipes, very comprehensive, helps you cook all the basics really well.
by Yotam Ottolenghi
Vegetable-centric recipes, organized by family of vegetable. Brings many unique ingredients together.