Mini-Review: The CSA Cookbook, Linda Ly & Will Taylor (2015)

Monday, July 6th, 2015

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic copy of this book for review through Edelweiss.)

I don’t belong to a CSA (community-supported agriculture), but I have kept a summer garden religiously for the past 14 years, with the setup ranging from over-the-top, wth-was-I-thinking ambitious to more modest container gardens. My most popular picks are tomatoes, zucchini, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, and peppers, but I’ve also experimented with cucumbers, pumpkins, watermelon, cantaloupe, corn, asparagus, and gourds. I also have a few fruit trees: apples, pears, apricots, and one peach that was sadly on its last legs when we moved in (rest in peace).

Most years I end up with more produce than I can possibly hope to consume fresh. My strategies for dealing with the extras run the gamut, from adding them to our dogs’ food (veggie stew + their regular kibble = more volume, without the extra calories; also the gravy is great for the oldest two, who haven’t managed to hang onto all their teeth); washing, dicing, and freezing for later; making dehydrated snacks, including fruit leather; and donating it to the local food pantry (one year we delivered upwards of 500 pounds of apples!). Even so, come August and September the pressure not to waste the food I’ve worked so hard to grow and gather can get pretty intense.

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