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buying and preparing bulk meals for large groups

I work as the head cook of a family campground. Our campground includes three meals and two snacks each day in the mess hall. In order for us to keep our rates low, part of my job is to purchase the food as affordably as possible and create tasty dishes for the guests staying on the grounds. I created this blog as a way to sort through my own thoughts and to help other organizations find affordable ways to purchase and prepare meals for large groups of people. Hopefully, you will learn everything you need to know in order to maintain a budget and prepare delicious foods.

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Tips For First-Time Organic Veggie CSA Members

If you enjoy organic produce and would like to eat more of it, then joining an organic vegetable CSA is a good idea. As a member of such a CSA, you'll receive a delivery box of produce on a regular schedule. This could be every week or it could be every month, depending on the CSA. Most groups do not allow members to choose what's in their box; you get whatever happens to be ripe at that time. If you do decide to join a CSA, here are some tips to help you the first time.

Look for a CSA that delivers

Some CSAs have you pick up your box of produce at the farm. Others deliver the box to your home. If you can find a CSA that delivers, that is almost certainly your better option. That way, you won't have to spend time driving to and from the farm, and you're less likely to forget about your box. You'll still get a box even if you're busy at the time when the boxes are delivered. 

Cut back on other groceries

People often underestimate the sheer volume of food that comes in a CSA box. Most organic vegetable CSAs are very generous; you get a lot in your box. Make sure you cut back on your other grocery shopping so you don't end up with more food than you need. Chances are, you will be able to completely stop buying vegetables at the store unless there is something you specifically need for a recipe.

Be adventurous

In most CSA boxes, you get a lot of familiar produce. But you'll probably also get some vegetables you've never had before. Take advantage of this opportunity to try something new, and really lean into it. Look up new recipes for the less-familiar veggies, and have your family members try them, too. You just might discover a new favorite.

Prep it when you receive it

When you receive a CSA box, plan on spending a little time preparing and dealing with the produce that is inside of it. You may want to slice some veggies so you have them on hand for dipping. Or, you may want to wash certain produce before putting it in the fridge. It's easiest to do this prep on day one.

With the tips above, you can have better results when joining an organic veggie CSA. Good luck, and enjoy your produce.

Reach out to a company that offers organic vegetable CSA delivery boxes to learn more.