In a full-size share (3/4 bushel), you can expect about 10-12 different varieties of currently in-season produce; this usually will include herbs and/or fruit. Farmers occasionally include a homemade treat. In a small-size share (usually 1/2 bushel), there will typically be 6-7 varieties, sometimes herbs and/or fruit, and somewhat less quantity overall.
While 200+ varieties are grown, the focus is on user-friendly and meal-oriented favorites. Members get weekly tips for storing and prepping veggies, meal planning ideas, and access to a recipe library that includes over 700 recipes created or adapted by Liz Talley of Urban Graze.
It is recommended that each of us eat a minimum of 2.5-3 cups of a variety of vegetables every day. A variety is important because different kinds of vegetables perform different, critical tasks inside your body. You need to have a good balance in order to really get the most out of the vegetables in your diet.
When considering how to choose the CSA Produce Share that’s right for you, think realistically about how often you will cook and eat vegetables each week at home.
A Full-Size Produce Share (3/4 bushel box) is best for:
Couples and small families who cook and eat vegetables at home every day
Singles, couples, and small families who cook/eat vegetables at home often, but not every day, and who share their box with someone else
A Small-Size Produce Share (½ bushel box) is best for:
Singles who cook and eat lots of vegetables at home every day
Couples and small families who cook and eat vegetables at home often, but not every day
Singles and couples who cook and eat vegetables at home occasionally, and who share the box with someone else
A sampling of Full Size shares delivered in 2016:
French Breakfast Radishes
Salanova Head Lettuces
Green Beans and/or Broccoli
Red White and Blue Potatoes
Slicer and Heirloom Tomatoes
Cherry and/or Grape Tomatoes
Red Seedless Watermelon
Mixed Leaf Lettuce
Watermelon or Purple Daikon Radishes