But, after a year, my time with the Eatwell Farms CSA came to an end. There were many reasons why but I’ll be honest and say that an unrelenting tidal flood of turnips and lettuce week after week was leading to an unacceptable amount of refrigerator-composting behavior on my part. Then I heard about the Eating With the Seasons CSA, where the produce is still seasonal and organic, but it is gathered from many local (and some not-so-local) farms and each week they tell you what’s in season and you get to choose what to receive.
I decided to give this new model a try for a while. A comparison of the two models can be found here. Ultimately this version felt too much like a grocery-delivery service, without the element of surprise, produce that is strictly seasonal and local, and intimate relationship with a particular farm that are, for us, all vital parts of the CSA experience. So we were CSA-less for while, and then for several months we tried out a box from Farm Fresh to You, the CSA service of Capay Farms. You can find out more about how this CSA works at this post.
Currently I am getting a box from Full Circle. It’s similar to Eating With the Seasons in that the box contents are highly customizable and there is also an extensive selection of extra produce and groceries you can add to your order and have delivered with your box. I’m not sure if my lifestyle has changed or if there is some meaningful difference between the two services, but for whatever reason, the Full Circle system is really working for me right now. I do have some guilt because this is not a true CSA in all its political and environmental glory (the produce comes from many farms, all over California, though mainly local, I think). But at this point, in graduate school, what really matters to me is that fresh produce arrives at my home each week, without my needing to go to the store.
Basically, this is all intended to serve as a simple record of what came in each box and what I did with each vegetable and fruit. Also as a place to log any disappointments, errors, special surprises, and other incidents of note. For my own purposes, and as a place to refer people who are curious about the Eatwell Farms, Eating with the Seasons, Farm Fresh to You, and Full Circle CSA boxes.
If you are reading this to just get a general idea of what comes in the box each week in terms of variety and quantity, click on the category “Box Contents” to get a succinct grouping of just the posts that list the contents of each box.
Oh, and everything here is vegetarian, most of it is vegan, and everything, with maybe 2 or 3 exceptions, is gluten-free!