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It is hard to believe it is CSA time again. We kept the same arrangements as last year, splitting a Harmony Valley Farms CSA with our friends – the Deckers. In case you forgot, a CSA is Community Supported Agriculture. Harmony Valley describes it as:

It is sometimes described as a vegetable co-op, a weekly box delivery, a vegetable of the week club, or a produce subscription program, but we refer to it as Community Supported Agriculture, CSA.Families or individuals join our farm to receive weekly or bi-weekly deliveries of the fantastic organic produce we grow here at Harmony Valley Farm. Whatever is ripe and delicious for the week, goes into the box: washed, chilled and carefully packed. Then we deliver it to a neighborhood near you, if you live in or near Madison, Mazomanie,Viroqua and Onalaska or La Crosse, Wisconsin or The Twin Cities .The variety and quality – ask our members – is unmatched! We support the community with great, organic food and the community supports us!


Community-supported agriculture (in Canada Community Shared Agriculture) (CSA) is a socio-economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation where the growers and consumers share the risks and benefits of food production. CSAs usually consist of a system of weekly delivery or pick-up of vegetables and fruit in a vegetable box scheme, sometimes including dairy products and meat.

CSA #1

Box 1 contained:

  • Ramps
  • Chives
  • Parsnips
  • Rhubarb
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach
  • Sunchokes
  • Sauté Mix
  • French Breakfast Radish
  • Red Russian Kale
  • Willow or Dogwood
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Week 17 of Harmony Valley Farm‘s CSA (blog) contained the following:

  • Yellow onions,
  • Italian garlic,
  • Green beans,
  • Edamame,
  • Sweet corn,
  • Tomato variety bag: You’ll have a mix that could include Carolina Gold (yellow), a variety of black tomatoes, Copia (striped heirloom type), Rose (pink heirloom type) and some red slicing tomatoes.
  • Grape tomatoes,
  • Carrots,
  • Squash,
  • Cucumbers,
  • Watermelon,
  • Melon,
  • Poblano peppers,
  • Jalapeños,
  • Bell pepper,
  • Amaranth,
  • Salad Mix,
  • Eggplant, and
  • Cauliflower

As the veggies have gotten more familiar, we’ve been able to eat a lot more of them in any given week.  We ate pretty much everything this week.  Last weekend we actually bought a bunch of small cucumbers and pickled them!  Hopefully you’ll be seeing more about this later.

This week we took part in Harmony Valley’s Produce Plus program.  They just started offering it this week, but you are able to purchase quantities of certain vegetables that they have a lot of sitting around the farm.  Most of them are “seconds” which have minor defects that prevent them from being sold on the market.  Instead of letting them go to waste Harmony Valley is allowing their members to purchase them at reasonable rate. We bought 25 pounds of tomatoes for $25. Yikes!   We hope to spend some time this weekend canning them.

Wish us luck!

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Week 9 of Harmony Valley Farm‘s CSA (blog) contained the following:

  • Salad mix,
  • Green top red beets,
  • Fennel,
  • Purple scallions,
  • Fresh garlic,
  • Snow peas,
  • Strawberries,
  • Amaranth,
  • Sweetheart cabbage,
  • Romaine,
  • Spinach,
  • Basil,
  • Summer squash

We made it through a majority of last week’s vegetables. We were talking about this the other day and realized that for most of the vegetables we don’t experience their uniqueness.  Often we through a bunch of greens into a salad or some other dish that utilizes a bunch.

Last week I made a rice dish that utilized almost every vegetable that we got. I got the idea in part from the weekly newsletter (pdf) and their featured recipe a veggie stir-fry. It was delicious. The Amaranth changed the color of the rice to a slight purple.  In the rice you could taste some of the different flavors.  This is not a complete waste of veggies, but is something we are thinking about.

If we were able to have lots of time and eat every meal at home we could probably do the shares their full justice.  Sadly, this isn’t the case.

We enjoy every bite of fresh veggie goodness.

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Week 7 of our CSA from Harmony Valley Farm (blog).

  • Green leaf lettuce
  • Kohlrabi
  • Spinach
  • Strawberry
  • Red radish
  • White  scallion
  • Garlic scapes
  • Salad mix
  • Napa cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Red Komatsuna

Lots of delicious vegetables again and some sweet strawberries!! Pretty exciting to taste the strawberries as we’ll be picking a lot for ourselves this weekend at the Strawberry Picking Day!!!

We ate a lot of today’s and last week’s veggies on a huge salad and then ate more on top of a pizza. Salad is an obvious way to include some of the “unknown” items into our diet.  Below is a picture of the salad.

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Our fourth CSA from Harmony Valley Farms (blog) included:

  • Green Garlic,
  • Green Onion,
  • Parsnips,
  • Sunchokes,
  • Spinach,
  • Salad Mix,
  • Spring Radish,
  • Pea Vine,
  • Rhubarb,
  • Asparagus, and
  • Hon Tsai Tai

This by far had the most vegetables in a box that we’ve received.  It looked really good.  We actually cooked up a lot of the this week’s and “leftovers” from previous weeks in a Spicy Asian Noodle Bowl that Christy concocted herself (and was delicious).

It has been a challenge to eat all of our vegetables before they go bad, but we’ve really been trying.  Part of the problem is that we’ve not been eating as many meals at home as we normally would, plus now we are trying to eat lots of random veggies we’ve never heard of!

While doing some research I found another local blogger who is getting food from Harmony Valley called Simple Good & Tasty.

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Our second CSA included:

  • Asparagus
  • Red Sunchokes
  • Ramps
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach
  • Parsnip
  • Arugula
  • Chives
  • Black Radish
  • Salad Mix

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We received our first CSA today from Harmony Valley Farms.  We are splitting it with our good friends – the Deckers.  So this (and most pictures) will be from our half of the share.

Here is what was in it:

  • Overwintered Parsnips
  • Red Sunchokes
  • Ramps
  • Sorrel
  • Overwintered Spinach
  • Rhubarb
  • Burdock
  • Chives
  • Black Radish

From Wikipedia:

A CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. CSA’s focus is usually on a system of weekly delivery or pick-up of vegetables and fruit, sometimes dairy products and meat.

We are excited to see what else comes and to learn some new recipes!

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