Are you a CSA Farmer?
Do your members need help using their weekly produce?
Do you worry about including relevant recipes in your newsletter?
Do you struggle with renewals because members lack confidence and tools to make the most of their share every week?
If you’re an individual interested in joining a CSA, click here.
"I am really happy to have such a comprehensive index of vegetable recipes, templates, and flavor combination ideas when writing our weekly newsletter. Any recipe or serving suggestion I would make is in there, plus so many more. By including links to the vegetable description and/or to a specific recipe in Cook With What You Have, I save lots of time each week, keep my weekly emails short, and provide a convenient wealth of recipes for our farm share members to use."
—Sonya Perrotti, Coyote Family Farm, CA http://www.coyotefamilyfarm.com/
I'm so grateful to have Cook With What You Have as a trusted resource for seasonal recipes that I can link to in my newsletter. After using the website myself for several years, I know that the recipes will come out right and taste good, even if I don't always have time to test them out. Katherine’s tips for substitutions and improvisations make recipes easy to tailor to what's in the CSA box. Katherine is also very responsive to the evolving crops we offer, and has added several recipes that use new or unusual produce that hadn't already been covered on the site. I highly recommend subscribing to Cook With What You Have for your CSA. Your members will thank you!
—Emily Cooper, Full Cellar Farm, OR http://www.fullcellarfarmoregon.com/
What is the Seasonal Recipe Collection?
I have developed the Collection for CSA farms, using a weekly CSA to create the recipes. Farms from up-state New York to Pittsboro, North Carolina, to the Pemberton Valley of British Columbia to Portland, Oregon rely on the Seasonal Recipe Collection each season.
It is a deep and dynamic resource, organized by vegetable. 900+ simple and delicious recipes include suggested substitutions and variations to respond to the variability of farm-fresh produce. The Collection’s tips and templates inspire and empower people to cook and become more creative and confident cooks.
How does it work?
A Farm Membership allows farmers to provide their members with 24/7 access to the full Collection of 900 + recipes, tips, and pantry stocking suggestions. Weekly ideas and links to seasonally relevant dishes, preserving tips and quick methods help people make the most of each share and put dinner on the table.
Subscribing farms include their farm-specific access key to the Collection in their weekly newsletters and can choose to link to recipes from the Collection that are particularly relevant each week.
I love CSA! I make the case for it at every turn and I blog about it often to give my Farm Members additional tools to convey the beauty and deliciousness that is truly fresh, seasonal produce. If you join as a Farm Member I share more of these tools and promote your farm wherever appropriate.
Are you interested in Joining a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a system that connects the farmer directly with the eater. CSA, also sometimes referred to as Farm Shares, allows you to subscribe to the harvest of a certain farm or group of farms. It is an alternative model of agriculture and food distribution that allows the producer and consumer to share the bounty and risks of farming. When you subscribe to a CSA/Farm Share you typically receive a weekly box of produce (possibly with add-ons like eggs, meat, flowers, honey, etc. ) for the duration of the season, which can range from a few weeks to year-round.
I subscribe to a (year-round) CSA for our family because:
- The produce is delicious
- We get to eat what grows in our region and be connected to a farm
- We save $ by cooking what we have, eating out-and shopping less often
- I get to be a more creative cook--cooking with what I have!
- We eat a wider variety of vegetables and more vegetables
- Our $ stay in our community
CSA may not be for you if you:
- Don’t like vegetables
- Hate to cook
- Travel a lot
If you’re considering joining a CSA this post might be helpful:
Find a CSA Near You: National and regional CSA/Farm coalitions & resources:
- Local Harvest (https://www.localharvest.org/oregon-city-or)
- Small Farm Central/Harvie (https://www.harvie.farm/forfarmers/small-farm-central/)
- Portland Area CSA Coalition, OR (PACSAC) (http://www.portlandcsa.org/)
- Hudson Valley CSA Coalition, NY (http://hudsonvalleycsa.org/)
- Kentucky Farm Share Coalition, KY (https://www.kyfarmshare.org/)
- Fair Share CSA Coalition, WI (https://www.csacoalition.org/about-us/)
- Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) (https://www.caff.org/)
- The Chicagoland CSA Coalition/Band of Farmers, IL (http://www.bandoffarmers.org/)