CSA Veggies of the Week & Fresh vs Storing Veggies

We are into our third box of our weekly veggie CSA and using up a couple last things from the second box.

Carmen and Week Three's Veggies
Carmen and week three veggies!

These veggies turn into lots of salad, and some Asian inspired stir fry lo mein! And some random snacking… 

Also, I steamed the broccoli up to freeze it. 

In the veggie world, there are veggies that store and veggies that just don’t. As a child, thanks to my mother, I learned that you eat all those veggies that don’t store all summer when they are plentiful. And you put away almost all the veggies that store well, so come winter you have lots of high quality veggies stored up.

Examples of veggies that DON’T store (eat in season):

  • lettuce
  • summer squash
  • zucchini
  • asparagus

Examples of veggies that store WELL:

  • green beans
  • broccoli
  • peas and pea pods
  • carrots
  • cabbage

So this is what I do with our CSA, and this year I actually have a garden (!!). Since I know we can almost completely satisfy our veggie needs with the weekly box and a few farmer’s market items, I mostly planted items in my garden to store for winter. As the summer goes on, I share how I store each veggie. 

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