Using your CSA Share
Joining a CSA is just the first step to healthy eating. The next step is getting it home and preparing it. Read our tips below to make the most of your share each week.
If you are experiencing vegetable overwhelm preserve your CSA bounty with simple pickling and freezing methods.
Savoring the season
Preserving Fresh Produce
Preparing for the season &
Storing Fresh Produce
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 KY Farm Share's storage guide and the Save the Food database 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 to make pestos, salsas, blended soups, or raw salads. 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.
Resources & Links
It never hurts to have a little extra dinner inspiration. Find ways to use local, organic produce in any meal.
Join us for a virtual CSA cooking demo on Tuesday August 18th with Chef Tanya from The Food Connection to learn more ways to use high summer vegetables.
Find recipes organized by season from KY Farm Share.
View Stone Barns CSA recipes for week by week ideas.
Explore recipes by vegetable from The Leek & The Carrot.
Check out Dishing up the Dirt for recipes from a vegetable farmer.
Read KY Farm Share partner UK Health and Wellness CSA blog.