Finally! Some time to meet that request:
Overheard at CSA distributions:
- There has been some lively trading of produce between persons picking up at the same time. Sometimes it isn't at all a bad idea to express how much you might like a certain vegetable - it just might fall on the ears of a person who likes them less than you - and may trade for something you don't want as much! We had two people make a trade because each individual was looking for just enough of X to make recipe Y. It just so happened their needs matched up nicely.
- Recipes are frequently shared. There are a couple at the bottom of this post!
- Sometimes we get persons who walk up to the distribution tables and aren't sure of what is going on. Reactions once there is an explanation range from positive comments about how it seems like a good program to anger that they are not allowed to buy what we have. Happily, most people are supportive.
- Freezing basil - We tear the leaves off the stem, put them on a cookie sheet and put them in the chest freezer until they are frozen solid. We then put them in a freezer bag for later use. A CSA member added this great idea to the process - crush the leaves as you put them in the bags - now they are ready for immediate use when you want them!
- We've actually had more than one CSA member tell us that they make a game out of trying to use every item that comes to them in the share each week. And if you win the game - what is your prize? We think it is the following week's share.....
- Splitting a share is making sense for several people this year. In several cases, two families split a large share. They alternate weeks for pickup and swap weeks if one family or the other is going on vacation, etc. Much of the produce given to you is of sufficient quality that it can last for two weeks. Remember - it's not already a week old by the time it gets to you! So, these families have found a way to make the CSA work for them.
- Many people are happy with the eggplant. Some are beginning to grow weary of them. A few would rather it were the cucumbers going nuts again. But, last year everyone got a grand total of *ONE* eggplant all season (in October) and *ALOT* of cucumbers. This year you are getting some cucumbers along with your plethora of eggplant. I think we'll all take this year's production over last... even if you were hoping for the ridiculous cucumber numbers again this season.
And this one is from Tara S (thanks Tara!)