I actually love the element of receiving my surprise box of goodies. It makes me go into creative mode. If I don't know what to do with a certain vegetable, I will either look up a recipe on line, strum through a cookbook, or go with my old stand by: saute them in chopped garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper--it makes all veggies taste delicious and allows their essence to shine through.
The other thing I like about a CSA box is that I am introduced to different produce items that I may have over-looked or was intimidated to try at the store. And we all know eating what is in season is best for our health. And the other bonus, it cuts down my dreaded trip to the grocery store by half.
EWG (Environmental Working Group) has a shopping list called the Dirty Dozen, outlining which items you should always try to buy organic, and another one with safer items.
For me, I don't like to take any chances and buy from a CSA or get store-bought organics--my feeling is my little one and family are worth it. That said, I realize that buying organic may not be in everyone's budget.
But knowing I am going the extra-mile means I don't waste anything--I use them up in smoothies, soups, fruit popsicles, fruit salad, vegetable salads, stir-fry, and more.
So here's the list. You can cut it out and keep it in your wallet. And remember, to eat your vegetables--because mommy said so!