CSA Box:: Week 1 & 2

Have you heard of CSA boxes? It stands for community supported agriculture and you sign up through local farms.

You pay per season typically or you can pay for multiple seasons and you get a share of the farmer’s crops each week. What you get will vary based on what is in season and what they have harvested. It’s a great way to support local farmers and also get quality fresh veggies.

My boyfriend and I just signed up for our first CSA together. We signed up through one of the farms near his house called Mini Miracle Farm. They offered not only a crop CSA but also a meat CSA so we signed up for both to give it a try. And so far we are loving it!

Each week we don’t know what we’ll get so the surprise of it is fun. Plus it’s saving on grocery trips and allows us to get creative with our meals.

I thought it would be fun to show you guys what we are getting each week and share our meal ideas along with links to recipes.

We got our first box last week and here was our spread.

CSA Box Week 11 dozen eggs, 2 green peppers, 3 tomatoes, 3 apples, 4 carrots, rainbow chard, cabbage, lettuce, 1 sweet potato, 2 lbs. ground bison, 3/4 chicken

Week 1 Meals

Meal 1- CSA

For our first meal, we used the chicken thighs and sweet potato. We baked the chicken using this recipe {it was really really good..healthier version of fried chicken}. Neither of us love sweet potatoes but we found a recipe to make sweet potato wedges from the sweet potato and they tasted just like sweet potato fries you would get in a restaurant. Delish! We also used the lettuce we got and made salads {somehow I forgot to include that in the picture}. We already had some frozen mushroom risotto and some rolls that we also added to the meal.

I forgot to take a picture of meal #2, but I made a family recipe called pica via {basically burritos}. We used 1 lb. of the ground bison, one green pepper, part of an onion and a tomato. Next time we make it I’ll be sure to take pictures and blog about the full recipe.

Meal #3

Meal #3 was a crockpot meal. It’s italian chicken with potatoes. We also added some carrots and onions to the crockpot. We did have to buy the red potatoes. We had some lettuce leftover though so we added salads to our meal again.

Our box for week #2 was a little lighter than our first. Here’s what it contained.

CSA Box #23 apples, 5 tomatoes, 6 potatoes, 2 cucumbers, 1 zucchini, bacon, beef cube steak, bison kabobs

You can see the beginnings of our meal in the tupperware {which is where the bison kabobs are}.

Week 2 Meals

Meal #4

For our first meal this week we marinated the beef kabobs in bar-b-q sauce along with our leftover cut up green pepper, onion, and tomato and made kabobs that we grilled. With the potatoes we roasted them in the oven {similar to the sweet potato wedges}. I used this recipe that I found on Pinterest. They tasted just like fries but were a healthier alternative. The green stuff you see is the rainbow chard {I just wanted to try a little}. We used this recipe to cook the chard. We also added rolls and store bought salad to the meal.

We haven’t had a chance to cook any other meals this week just yet using our CSA stash, but we’re planning to make a crockpot beef stew using the beef cube steak at some point this weekend. I also need to make some baked goods since we have some farm fresh eggs.

Have you ever signed up for a CSA? If so, did you do just a veggie CSA or have you done a meat CSA?

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