Mostly, I was successful. And other times, I bombed and wasn't brave enough to blog about it. Like the time I made kale chips and added too much salt. My kids were so excited about them (I know, very strange), but then ... it was just a big mess of salty crunchy kale. Inedible. I was so sad. My friend tried to salvage it by transforming it into a kale pesto/salt. We thought of many ways to use it but it wasn't meant to be.
|I'll miss the kids playing with their food : )|
I learned so much from this experience. I challenged myself to blog about it each week, sometimes more. It was sort of my own personal Julie and Julia project, without the weight gain and marital discord. Here is a snapshot of what I learned from receiving a family CSA share.
1. A family share is a LOT of vegetables. If you are considering doing this next year and have a small family of 4 like me, then you may want to consider getting a single share. OR, get the family share and split the cost with another family and divvy it up. It's really fun and creates a great sense of community.
2. The veggies lasted longer in the fridge than I thought they would. Some items carried over into the next week and were still very fresh.
3. There are no limits to what a zucchini can do.
4. Jarring food is easier than I thought and proved to be a great alternative to "eating it all" in one week.
5. Never underestimate the power of a trip to the farm and a box filled with mystery. It will make your kids so excited about trying something new, even a whole jalapeno pepper which will make one of them dance around the house like a Mexican jumping bean. (He should have Stopped Dropped and Rolled.)
7. It is possible to manage your family sized share with only one refrigerator. Challenging? Yes. But completely possible.
8. I no longer like veggies. I LOVE THEM.
Thank you Confreda's for a great experience and for broadening the horizons of the big and little people in my house. We are all much better off than we were 4 months ago, thanks to you!