CSA Tuesday: What’s in the Box? 8/6

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I kept it pretty simple this week, my only add on was some organic Italian Pork Sausage. It goes goes great in a baked ziti type recipe I’ve been cooking here and there.

Everything else is business as usual:

Seasonal Stone fruit (plums!)
Green beans
Corn
Tomatoes
Avocados
Zucchini
Watermelon

I was getting a little overwhelmed with how many green beans I had accumulated. My baby is too small to eat vegetable purΓ©e and my daughter goes back and for between liking them. I came up with a quick and easy way to make them and I honestly couldn’t stop eating them.

Recipe posts coming soon πŸ™‚

CSA Tuesday: What’s in the box? 7/17

This week was a great week for add ons.

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If you could just smell the basil… It’s amazing! I’m making some homemade pasta sauce with it tonight. My husband will be lucky if there are any nectarines left when he gets home. Those radishes make me think of carne asada, ooh with some roasted corn. Okay, I need to stop before my mouth starts watering.
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CSA Tuesday: What’s in the box?

I pick up my CSA bounty every Tuesday. Here is what came in this week’s box:

Peaches, pluots, green beans, cucumber, corn, tomatoes, and zucchini. I see some zucchini bread baking in the near future.

My watermelon fiend daughter will love this!

Some rolled oats for our breakfast shakes.

DIY Cloth Diaper Detergent

The not-so-magic ingredients

Cloth diapering is a great way to save money. When I started rounding up my supplies to get started, I ran into the difficult decision of what cloth diaper detergent to use. First, I trekked around the internet looking for reviews from fellow moms on what worked best. Once I’d narrowed it down to a few, I went over to Amazon and searched pricing. Then it dawned on me… having to buy special cloth diaper detergent on top of my regular detergent for clothing isn’t very cost efficient, I thought the whole point of this was to save money. Since then, my friend gave me a recipe for her own homemade detergent. I tweaked it just a little because we have hard water.

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The Cloth Diaper Decision

I was 20 years old when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. At that point I think I was overwhelmed with the whole idea of being a new parent and what I was going to do about work that the idea of using anything other than disposables never crossed my mind. When she began solid foods she started getting horrible rashes. I changed diaper brands, wipes, “aired” her out, tried every diaper rash cream in the store and even made trips to the pediatrician on several occasions over her rashes. If I knew then what I know now!

Fast forward four years later, we found out we were expecting again! This time I have been extremely lucky to be able to stay home with my baby (I have a wonderful husband!). Having more time on my hands, I researched a lot of things during my pregnancy; prenatal vitamins, options for birth plans, and cloth diapers.

I think, unfortunately, many people still think of cloth diapers as a piece of fabric held together with pins, how antiquated! The truth is there are so many styles and systems of cloth diapering and many of them are oh so cute!

I will go more deeply into brands and types later. For now I just want to add that, so far, we have not seen any diaper rashes on this little one.

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What is CSA?

In high school I was an active member of the FFA (Future Farmers of America). I must confess I had no intention of actually becoming a farmer one day. However, the organization afforded me leadership opportunities that I didn’t feel I could find with any other high school club.

After high school I went on to fashion school and never looked back. It wasn’t until recently when I was looking for local farmers markets that I found out about CSA (sorry Mrs. Burdi, I must’ve been absent the day we learned about these).

A CSA (community supported agriculture) is a program where you buy a share (a box or bag) of weekly or bi-weekly farm fresh produce. Not only is it a great way to support your local farmer, it’s a great way to eat fresh organic produce. Most offer whatever is in season and some offer the ability to add on raw milk or meats like grass fed beef. My first box came with Rainer cherries (that I devoured in a matter of minutes), Strawberries, carrots, rainbow chard, red leaf lettuce, red skin potatoes, fresh lavender, grass fed ground beef and burger patties.

Some groups require you to put in some hours of work on the farm. Here, in Southern California, I haven’t found any that do.

My local CSA is run by Abundant Harvest Organics and if you’d like to search for what is available near you, go here.

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