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5 Tips for CSA Cooking

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5 Tips for CSA Cooking

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are getting more and more common. Rather than head to the grocery store for your weekly produce fix, you sign on to support a local farmer for the season and in return you get a fresh box of local, often organic produce each week! CSAs are a great way to reduce your food miles and support the local economy while filling your veggie drawer with healthy eats.

Our CSA basket arrives on Wednesdays, which can make it a little tricky to plan for. Weekends are traditionally when we head to the grocery store to stock our kitchen, so this mid-week arrival sort of throws things off. Some other folks have mentioned a similar challenge with CSA deliveries. Since you don’t know what you’re going to get, it’s tough to plan menus and keep the kitchen stocked properly.

With a little bit of planning and a few key staples, though, it’s easy as pie to get your pantry CSA ready!

Whole Grains and Breads

Keep a variety of grains around the house, so you’ll be able to toss a quick meal together when you need to. Whether your basket is full of summer squash and onions or bunches of celery and carrots, you can saute those harder veggies, toss them with whole grains and sauce, and have a quick, filling meal!

It’s also a good idea to have at least one sort of bread on hand for making sandwiches or wraps. This is a great way to get the most out of lettuces, sprouts, leafy greens, and tomatoes.

Some good grains to keep on hand: quinoa, brown rice, bulgur, Israeli couscous, barley, whole grain bread or tortillas


Most CSA baskets don’t contain much in the way of protein, so having a few options in the pantry can go a long way toward putting meals together. Top off a wrap or salad with something protein-rich to make meals that are nutritious and filling.

Handy proteins: dried or canned beans, tofu, tempeh, hummus, nuts

Up next: Spices and condiments to keep your kitchen CSA ready!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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1:40PM PDT on Aug 24, 2015

Thank you Becky.

1:12AM PDT on Jul 2, 2015

"Do you guys have any kitchen staples that help you stretch your CSA basket?"

Garlic! It is always good to have garlic and onions on hand. They are the basic building blocks for lots of diverse recipes, and help you make the most of whatever the CSA has thrown your way.

You can freeze pizza dough for veggie pizzas, either homemade dough in balls that you roll out later, or store-made and already "shaped."

I also buy tortillas in bulk, separate them into serving sizes with wax paper squares between every few tortillas, and then freeze them. (If you don't plan ahead with the wax paper you have to defrost the whole package to peel off a few, or chisel frozen tortilla shards off the frozen hulk.)

If it is too hot in the summer to turn on your oven, don't forget you can grill veggies for a taste as delicious as roasting.

If you eat meat, having a rotisserie chicken in the refrigerator is handy. It's already an easy meal with vegetable sides, or chicken can be an ingredient in a CSA-delivery-inspired dish. (Don't forget to freeze the carcass so you can use it to make stock later.)

If you have a slow cooker, that is another way to keep the kitchen a bit cooler in the summer, and there are a lot of ways you can get inspired with your CSA bounty.

12:37PM PDT on Jun 28, 2015

Thank you Becky.

11:02PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

thanks for sharing

5:14PM PDT on Sep 10, 2012


4:48AM PST on Mar 7, 2012

Thanks for the article.

4:14PM PST on Jan 31, 2012

"Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food." Hippocrates
we must light up the darkness for knowledge is not power its empowering lets all be empowered to change. life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

2:17PM PDT on Aug 18, 2011


2:16PM PDT on Aug 18, 2011


10:25AM PST on Mar 10, 2011

Very Good ideas. I will check it out.

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