CSA Box – March 5, 2015


I guess it’s been awhile since I shared one of my CSA boxes with you. I love that they do this year round. When I first started with the program it only lasted as long as the growing season for the most part. I think we finished up in February or something like that and then started again in the Spring, usually April or May.

I’m so glad that Spring is just around the corner and we’ll start getting fresh greens, fruits, veggies, etc. I will admit that kale is starting to get a little old.

I was explaining the program to my boss the other day and she told me she had tried one of their trial boxes and just didn’t like being dictated what to make. She felt she had to use their recipe and use the items within a couple of days.

I guess it could seem like that. Because it was just the trial box it was limited in the items. Acme Farms and Kitchen really have a diverse selection. You can choose the Locavore, which is the box I get. The small boxes are either surf or turf. The large box contains one of each, one surf and one turf item. The surf is usually is either some sort of fish or shellfish. I’ve had salmon, smoked salmon, mussels and clams before. They also offer these boxes in Gluten Free versions, vegetarian and in the large box also offer a dairy free version.

They also offer a Paleo box, a beyond the basics box, basics box, salad kit, produce box, or try their freezer share meals. The freezer share meals are already prepared, you just need to reheat and serve. How easy is that for a busy family?

My boss also asked if I felt I had to make the meals with the recipes they provide or did I use others. I explained that sometimes I will use one of their recipes, which I find incredibly helpful when there is an item I’m not familiar with. I’ll admit that before I started getting this box I never touched kale. I didn’t know what to do with it and wouldn’t even think about looking for it in the grocery store. But because they offer some awesome recipe ideas I was able to learn how to cook and actually enjoy kale. I use it all sorts of things, especially soups and pasta dishes. I am always using different recipes and never feel tied to the ones they provide, but I like that sometimes I don’t even have to think about what to make, they provide everything I need. The rest of the stuff is usually basic pantry items that you probably already have on hand.

I really think everyone should take advantage of their local CSA and farmshare if available. Fresh and organic, you know where your food is coming from.

You can tell we are anxiously awaiting the new growing season, the selection seems a little sparse compared to some boxes I’ve had.

Swiss chard, parsley, cabbage, fresh linguine, pretzel rolls, shiitake mushrooms, apples, onions, potatoes, shallot, garlic, jack cheese, pork kabobs, eggs, and a peanut butter cup as a treat.

Chard, parsley, cabbage, fresh linguine, pretzel rolls, shiitake mushrooms, apples, onions, potatoes, shallot, garlic, jack cheese, pork kabobs, eggs, and a peanut butter cup as a treat.

Recipes that were included:

Linguine with Mushroom, Garlic and Herbs
Pork with Cabbage, Apples, and Mustard with Pretzels
Chard and Potato Frittata