Using Your Share
Trying to make the most of your weekly vegetables?
It all starts with storage and knowing best ways to prepare vegetables. Browse the links
below and find additional resources on our CSA member handouts page here.
Seasonal Recipes &
Find more tips on how to use your produce CSA share with these links:
Browse A to Z veggie fact sheets by Farmer Foodshare in both English and Spanish.
View Stone Barns CSA recipes for weekly inspiration.
Find recipes by vegetable from The Leek & The Carrot.
Check out Dishing up the Dirt for ideas from a vegetable farmer.
Read KY Farm Share partner UK Health and Wellness CSA blog.
Look through recipes shared by CSA members and staff of UK Organic Farming Unit.
Check out the Consume Something Awesome magazine by Hudson Valley CSA Coalition in both English and Spanish.
View vegetable storage chart for common CSA vegetables by Portland CSA coalition.
Prepare & Store
your CSA Share
Proper vegetable storage is key to making the most of your CSA share. Storage tips from your farm will be the best resource since they will be specific to what's in your box. You can also check out the KYFSC our storage guide and the Save the Food database a look for more information on how to store nearly any vegetable.
We recommend having a few different cooking oils, types of vinegar, dry beans, noodles, rice, nuts, or preferred proteins on hand. Periodically, stocking up on a few essentials like these makes it easier to create meals on the fly. View our pantry staples infographic for suggestions.
Cooking more at home is also better with the right tools. A sharp chef's knife, cutting board, saute pan are must-haves for the CSA season. Many members also enjoy having a food processor, immersion blender, or mandoline for pesto, blended soups, or slaws. Not all of these are necessary it simply depends on what works best for you. Find a quick list of recommendations on our kitchen gadget infographic for the CSA season.
Savoring the Season &
Preserving Fresh Produce
If you are experiencing vegetable overwhelm preserve your CSA bounty with simple pickling and freezing methods.
For canning, freezing and drying tutorials read University of Kentucky Extension Food Preservation Publications.
Learn how to blanch and freeze with Half Your Plate home freezing guide.
Make quick pickles with this tutorial from Feasting at Home.