I love my weekly box of fresh, organic, local produce.
Oh, have I said that before?
Sorry for sounding like a stuck record, but deciding to receive a weekly CSA delivery is the smallest change, but it has yielded the largest difference.
I am now saving money on groceries, eating healthier, and experimenting with new recipes and produce.
All the while, I’m supporting businesses that I believe in.
A win-win situation.
Here’s how I make the best use of this service.
- Before Wednesday of the delivery week, I visit my CSA’s online shopping center. There I can see what produce is planned to be included in my weekly vegetable box.
- Usually I want everything that is scheduled, but sometimes there will be items that I either don’t want or already have left from the previous week’s delivery, take carrots cor example.
- If I want all but one item, say carrots, I usually keep with the scheduled box but just edit my order to not include carrots.
- I also have the option to choose a completely different box. Biolandgärtnerei Hüsgen offers 8 different pre-planned boxes for €12.50: Vegetable, Mother and Child, Fruit, Regional Produce,Raw Produce, Single, Quick Cooking, and Full Assortment boxes.
- If I didn’t want any of the pre-arranged plans, I could create a Wish Box by choosing individual items from the online shop.
- In addition to the organic produce boxes, their online shop offers almost any other product that can be found in a small organic grocery store. I usually add a box of 6 eggs from Hof Alpermühle.
- Once my order is placed, I keep my eyes open for recipes that include the items I expect later in the week.
- I usually plan my meals based on which food items spoil more quickly. The produce with a shorter life-span is cooked earlier in the week than the more resilient veggies. This leads to less waste and better quality.
- On Friday, my box is delivered to my front door and the real fun begins!
Biolandgärtnerei Hüsgen makes it so simple to choose items and plan my weekly delivery. I rarely need to shop the regular grocery store and as a result, have saved a lot of money.
Although I’m pretty good at planning how to use my weekly veggies, there have been times when my fridge is about to burst with produce that needs to be used.
When this happens, I either make soup or stir fry.
My CSA Veggie Stir Fry is less of a recipe and more of a formula for using up any vegetables that linger in the crisper…
This week, my CSA Veggie Stir Fry included pea pods, savoy cabbage, mushrooms, broccoli, shallots, ginger, garlic and sesame seeds.
The garlic and ginger were cooked briefly in hot sesame oil before I added the remaining vegetables. This allows the oil to flavor which will later help to impart an even taste amongst the veggies.
Cooked over high heat, I added a bit of water every now and then to help the veggies steam.
Once the vegetables were starting to soften and brighten in color, I added a simple stir-fry sauce made with sesame oil, soy sauce, miring, agave nectar salt and pepper.
Cooked until tender yet slightly crisp, the last step was to add sesame seeds to the vegetables.
Served with jasmine rice, this CSA veggie stir fry was one of the best I’ve made yet.
CSA Veggie Stir Fry Formula
~ Vegan ~ Vegetarian ~
Prepare the Vegetables and Oil
4-5 cups raw vegetables, all cut to a similar size
2 cloves garlic
1/2 inch nub of fresh ginger,
1-2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
Prepare the Sauce to Taste
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
2-3 Tablespoons soy sauce
1-2 Tablespoons mirin (Japanese cooking wine)
1-2 teaspoons agave nectar
salt and pepper
Heat the wok or non-stick frying pan. Add the sesame oil, heat for a moment then add the garlic and ginger. Cook over high heat until fragrant.
Add the vegetables and continue to cook over high heat, stirring frequently. If the vegetables begin to stick, add a couple tablespoons of water.
Combine the sauce ingredients in a small cup and whisk well. Once the vegetables begin to brighten, pour the sauce over top and stir to well-coat all ingredients.
Continue to cook until the vegetables are tender to the tooth but still slightly crisp when bitten into. Stir in the sesame seeds.
Serve the stir fry over cooked rice and enjoy!