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Farm Basket Challenge (CSA)

What happens when you sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture program? Republic dining reporter Jennifer McClellan signed up for Maya’s Farm winter season, paying $300 to get one basket a week from Jan. 15 through April 2, a 12-week period. Follow her Farm Basket Challenge over the next few months.

Farm Basket Challenge Week 11: Busy weeks can be brutal on kitchen time. Long days at the office, appointments after work and weekend obligations don't allow much time to clean, chop and cook fresh produce.

Recipe: Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

Recipe: Cilantro Pesto

Cilantro has one of those polarizing tastes that people either adore or abhor. I thought I wasn’t a fan of cilantro. But I had so much of the herb stockpiled in my freezer and fridge that I was determined to find a way to like it.

CSA Challenge Week 6: In January, I joined Maya’s Farm’s CSA, Community Supported Agriculture program. I am a fan of cooked greens. Chard, kale, beet greens all lose some of their bitterness after taking a turn in a hot pot or pan.

A month into this project, my fridge is full of vegetables and my counter is covered in citrus. Looking at all that food got me thinking about waste.

Vinaigrette for Green Salad from Ina Garten, via One of the featured recipes for the Maya's Farm CSA project.

Recipe: Vinaigrette for Green Salad

Farm Basket Challenge Week 1: Republic dining reporter Jennifer McClellan finds out what really happens when you sign up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.