Thursday, October 4, 2012

CSA Members Reader Request: Tell us how you feel!

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, right? And when Confreda Farms gives you baby Thai eggplant, peppers, squash, tomatoes and apples, you make _____?

This has been the challenge each week. What to make? How do I eat it? How will I store it? And sometimes, What is that?!

I hope that our CSA members have found some useful tips in this blog. It's been a great learning experience for me and Confreda's would love to know how you feel about YOUR CSA experience.  Since they plan on expanding this program next year, your feedback is critical to its success and your happiness.

So, for this week's blog, you all have a mission if you choose to accept it. Please leave some comments below this blog, or even on the Confreda Farms Facebook page if you'd like. 
  • Tell us what you loved or didn't love about the CSA.
  • How did you feel about the selection each week?
  • Was the quality what you expected? 
  • How was your customer service experience at Confreda's?
  • Would you recommend it to a friend?
  • Would you get a family share next time instead of a single share, or vice versa? 
  • Did you find this blog useful? 
  • Are you going to have major withdrawal when it comes to a close?
Please share your thoughts and opinions. And thank you for being the Pioneers of Confreda's CSA program. It's been a blast!


1 comment:

Jess said...

What I loved: I loved the surprise factor. Getting to go pick up my box and see what was in it.

I loved that I was abale to try some new types of produce and find out if I liked it.

Also sometimes just eating something a few times helps you like it more. I was never that crazy about cucumbers but now I actually enjoy them. Or you have to come up with a way you like them. I still don't like green beans but I don't mind them in soup. Broccoli is OK if it is covered in a yummy sauce. I found out my daughter loves broccoli.

I loved that some of the stuff could be frozen and saved for the winter. I have a ton of grated zuchini and roasted peppers and even cooked eggplant saved away.

What I didnt like: Cabbage! I have tried but still have a hard time with it and it takes up a lot of space in the box. I got a beautiful Nappa cabbage one week but it was huge. Most of it went to waste and it displaced other stuff I would rather have had.

Selection: I thought it was generally good. A little heavy on the summer squash but once I figured out how to freeze it I was OK with that.

There are a few types of vegetables I would have liked to get but didn't. I'm not sure if Confrida doesn't grow them or what: Carrots for example. No big deal I got them at a farmers market instead. I was hoping to get cauliflour to try. I planted some in my garden this year but it was a flop (4 feet tall and all leaves). They mentioned some sweet onions that I never got. Garlic would have been great too.

More herbs would be nice too. I got them a few times and would have liked to get them more often.

Quality - I found it was very good. I can't think of anything that wasn't fresh and most stuff lasted quite a while if I didn't get to it right away.

Customer service - excellent

Yes I would recomend it to a friend.

I think I would still get a single share as I had a hard time getting through it all each week, even after freezing some. Some weeks it was hard to fit it in my fridge. Maybe in a couple years I will get a full share if I can get my kids to eat more vegetables. Right now I'm struggling with getting them to have a few bites!

Yes this blog is useful!

I will miss it. I know there are a few winter farmers markets around so I plan to check those out.

Additional comments: What about a tomato share? In addition to the regular CSA have an option to get a half bushel of tomatoes a few times during the peak season. This could work for other vegetables that Confridas makes a lot of and are good for storing.