Dinner Diva: Five ways to make the most out of CSA


dinner divaAnother week, another CSA delivery! I look forward to my box of fresh local produce every week, but I am well aware that there are many of you out there who might not have had a chance to finish all of last week’s veggies before getting your new load.

Today we’re going to go over some tips to make sure you get the very most out of your CSA veggies. There should be nothing going to waste!

1. Store it all properly. Don’t just shove the food in the fridge all willy nilly. That’s not going to help you make good use of those beautiful fruits and veggies! Take the time to put them away where they belong as soon as you receive them.

2. Educate yourself. If you see items in your box that look like alien beings from other planets, take the time to ask your farmer what they are, and how to use them. Don’t let them go bad! Teach yourself how to use them! (Google will help you.)

3. Use up perishable items first. Certain items in your delivery are going to need to be used up right away (basil for instance) while others can last a lot longer (squash). Try to plan your meals around which items are going to go bad first.

4. Freeze, Pickle, or Ferment. Any items you don’t think you can make use of, prepare them to freeze, or pickle them. These articles will give you help with

5. Make soup. I don’t care what you got in that box, you can make soup out of it. Challenge me! I dare you! :-) Search the Internet for soup recipes involving the items you have too much of, and I’m sure you’ll find many new soup contenders. My famous Mitochondria Miracle Soup will make use of much of your chard, kale, celery, and other veggies. Plus it’s absolutely delicious!

6. Get saucy! Make a big batch of sauce with those veggies! Simmer down some tomatoes with onion and garlic, then just toss in grated whatever you have! Carrots, zucchini, sweet potato, white potato… they will all work. Season as you like and add in any meat you want.

Now you’ll have no shortage of ways to use up that order of veggies before your next one arrives!

Dinner Diva column by Leanne Ely/SavingDinner.com

augusta free press
augusta free press news

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Buy here.

AFP Business

As professional consultants, Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including website design, SEO, TV/radio, video work, branding and logos, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation. Augusta Free Press LLC was founded in 2002.

Web Design

Augusta Free Press has designed more than 800 websites for clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia. We take care of all facets of web design – visual design, layout design, content development and SEO. Short on staff? We’ll work with you to update your AFP-designed website in a timely manner or train your staff to make changes.

Marketing/Social Media Management

Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.

Graphic Design

Augusta Free Press will help you take your vision to the next level. From branding and logos to print materials, our team will work with you to develop products to showcase your business. From brochures and rack cards to full-color magazines or print/digital ads, we’ve got you covered.

Event Planning/Fundraising

Augusta Free Press will help you plan the best event for your organization. From an open house or anniversary to a 5K or Pay Per View, we can handle it all. Looking for training for your sales staff? We can help energize your employees or board. Need ideas to raise more money? Let us help you plan a successful event. Want to hold a news conference or need help with a press release? We can do that too.

Click here for more.