Final CSA Things & Thoughts

So I thought our CSA pick ups went through this week, but it turns out our last one ended up being while we were in New Orleans.  Luckily, my dad was available to drive over to the farm and get our loot for us.  Thanks again, Dad!  I’m sorta sad we didn’t get to make the final trip ourselves but at least we got to enjoy the veggies one final time and I’m pretty proud to say I think we used up every single thing we got.  Going out with a bang!

Instead of listing out everything we got and giving you a lengthy blurb about what we cooked (I know you all love those!…), I think I’ll just show you.

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Potato & Chard Hash with an Egg on Top and Bread on the Side

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Homemade Falafel Wrap with Spinach, Hummus & Watermelon Radishes (the coolest!)

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Harvest Cobb Salad

I could live off of Cobb & Caesar salads.

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Spinach, Bell Pepper & Pepper Jack Pizza on a Homemade Crust

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Kale & Potato Soup made by Joey 🙂

Afterwards, we watched the original Carrie and then I dreamt about it all night.  And this is why I am now trying to convince Joey that Harry Potter is a scary movie.  I’m such a baby.

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Homemade Pumpkin Puree!

We got a tiny sugar pumpkin in our loot that I roasted then pureed.  What should I use it in?  I’m thinking of trying a pumpkin roll but I’m sort of terrified.

Final CSA Thoughts:

Joey and I both agreed that the produce we got was A+++.  No, seriously, even when the farm was hit by all the rain in September and they had some flooding, our produce was amazingly fresh and beautiful.  I’ve never seen anything so perfect and we were blown away by the taste of everything we tried.  Things we also loved were the every two week pick up option, — I would have been so overwhelmed with veggies if we had done a once a week pick up — the variety of the produce and the ability to try a bunch of things we’d never encountered before.  It’s fun to think outside the box sometimes 🙂

All that said, the drive to the farm was pretty long.  Especially after moving to Denver, the drive home felt super long.  I guess we have until next year to decide if the pros outweigh that one con.  One last thing, every two weeks we drove past this pasture of oddly colored cows.  I looked them up the first time we drove by and discovered that they are called “Belted Galloways” or “Belties” for short.  They’re the Oreo cookie cow!  How ridiculously cute are they?!  I keep asking Joey for a Baby Beltie.  Mostly so I can say Baby Beltie.  I’ll miss them.

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Have you ever done a CSA?

Where do you get your produce?

Have you ever seen an Oreo cookie cow?

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For All Other CSA Posts:

First Pick-Up

It’s Garlic Scape Season!

Faaava Beans

Familiar Things

Pleasantly Surprised

Purple Veggies

All By Myself

And in case you’re a local and want to know… Red Wagon Organic Farm

9 thoughts on “Final CSA Things & Thoughts

  1. You guys cooked some really awesome looking food! I loved our CSA when we lived in Virginia, but now that we’ve moved and there’s more going on it’s not really in our budget. Nowadays I get all our produce from a huge farmers market where everything is dirt cheap. As soon as we’re both employed, finding a new CSA is high on my list! I love the element of surprise that comes along with it!

    • I loved reading about your CSA! It was cool to see what was in season. It’s harder to keep track of what’s in season when you just go to the grocery store!

  2. I love CSAs, and I kind of miss being part of one. When we lived in Denver, we were members of Monroe Organic Farms. It was a great CSA and they have pick-up locations throughout Denver, so it was much more convenient. Now we live in Indiana, and have a great farmers’ market, so we no longer do a CSA…but sometimes I miss having my produce picked out for me!

  3. Mmmm that looks like a good haul from the CSA! Sometimes I get “Bounty Boxes” from Relay Foods, which is sort of like the same thing! It’s so fun having to be a little more creative with my recipes!

  4. Oreo cookie cows!! Love it! And for the record, I’ve loved reading all of your CSA posts…you’re actually the first person to make me even consider getting one of my own (I’m always scared I’m gonna end up with a whole bunch of radishes and hot peppers…ick!). I usually go to the farmers’ market to get most of my produce, but now that it’s getting colder, there’s slimmer pickings so I’ll probably end up resorting back to my grocery store ways until spring…boo! That potato and chard hash looks incredible and that is MY kind of spinach pizza…load it UP! If you’ve never made a pumpkin roll before, do it…at least once! Just make sure that you spread it evenly in a shallow jelly roll pan and then let it cool COMPLETELY before filling and rolling…don’t rush things…I speak from experience! Lol

    • Ah thanks, Heather! Glad you enjoyed reading out it. At some point I just decided to be okay with tossing a few things — it happens! I totally chickened out on the pumpkin roll and used the puree for pancakes. Maybe next time 😛

      • Well you have to know I’m the last one to fault you for going with pancakes! But seriously, the roll seems harder than it really is. I’ve probably made it at least a half dozen times too since my family seems to get a bit obsessed over certain desserts every few years or so…and I wonder why I have such an addictive personality! Lol

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