CSA Panic

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As it was perfect, I bogarted Julia Moskin’s article title, “Raw Panic” from this week’s NYT Dining section for my blog post. In fact her subtitle, “Overwhelmed by summer’s bounty” exactly captures the weekly anxiety I feel when picking up the recyclable bag chock-full of farm-fresh veggies that is my CSA share.*

Reflecting on how I now feel about my CSA (overwhelmed…bordering on irritated) versus how I felt with my first CSA experience last summer (inspired) I scanned some old posts to understand what had changed. And laughed when I saw I’d used the term ‘overwhelmed’ in a post last summer too, 

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The Salad Surprise

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So there I was, feeling all virtuous about my Sunday dinner planning. My husband and son were having steak and fries but I was going lo-co and making a one-person salad using lettuce from my CSA farm share, topped with warm chicken (which I had roasted 2 days ago!) avocado and tomato.

Nevermind that this plan came together at, oh, 6:30 pm with me getting provisions on the way home from tennis. I’d had all day to plan a healthy dinner – my son’s baseball game was cancelled – but I was busy, OK? Had to upgrade our iPhones to iOS 5.

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Salt & Vinegar (Kale) Chips

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I promise, this is my last post about kale. Truly. Even if my CSA thrusts kale at me for several more weeks. But I was compelled to write about kale one last time because did you know you can turn kale into, basically, POTATO CHIPS? Seriously, if your eyes were closed when eating kale chips, you might swear you were eating Potato Chips.

Might.  Especially if you were having a beer.  Or 2. But even beer-less, it’s amazing how much like potato chips these taste.

I stumbled on this kale chip idea online – when Gluten-Free Girl (love that blog) had a funny post –

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CSA inspired Roasted Kale

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Way back in snow-drenched January, when I was newly diagnosed with high cholesterol and all gung-ho about eating healthier and looking forward to spring vegetables, I joined a CSA with a friend.

A CSA is basically a farm-share – you pay upfront to get fresh veggies all spring and summer from a local farm.  I can never remember why it’s called a CSA (it stands for Community Supported Agriculture, thank you google).  Sounds great in theory, right? Eating local, check.  Supporting local farmers, check.  Farm-fresh veggies, yum-check.

In practice, I’m totally overwhelemed.

First of all,

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