CSA wow-za

19 Aug

My day started off way too early. I am very much a morning person, which means it’s a rare night that I’m awake past 11:00 p.m. Last night, however, I got caught up in a flurry of creativity and ended up awake until 3:30 a.m. So not like me! What is like me, though? I woke up at 7:30 and could not go back to sleep. I didn’t fight it. I just decided to rise and take advantage of the creative energy. In the 4 1/2 hours since I’ve been awake, I have altered a shirt, made a headband, gone to the farmers market, shopped at Trader Joe’s and Ralph’s, reimagined my meal plan for the week, and created this post. Phew!

Anyway, I picked up the CSA share at 10:00 this morning, and though my haul was somewhat different than what I posted yesterday, I couldn’t be more excited! Here’s what I got for $25 (you have the option to pay $20, $25, or $40 depending on your ability).

It comes in this handy box:

I instantly knew there was some kind of basil inside. And then you open the flaps to discover:

One giant haul! Let’s break it down:

  • 1 bunch of scallions
  • 1 bunch of Thai basil
  • 1 bunch of curly kale
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 5 Japanese eggplants
  • 1 avocado
  • 10 pieces of okra
  • 1 bunch of mint

And here’s the rest:

  • 2 round squashes
  • 2 zucchini
  • 2 pattypans
  • 1 massive yellow squash
  • 1 even more massive Armenian cucumber
  • 5 oranges
  • 1 honeydew melon
  • 1 watermelon

Did I mention everything is certified organic, and I only paid $25?!?! I’m so excited!! So what’s a girl to do with all this? Well, my original meal plan will require some tweaking because of the variance, but here’s a basic idea:

Breakfast (me only): Overnight oats


  • For me: Tuscan Zucchini Pie (recipe to come this week) and watermelon
  • For him: It will involve the eggplant and some fresh eggs — maybe a fritter of some kind? Clearly it’s still in the planning stages.


  • Monday/Tuesday: Black-Eyed Peas with Herbs, roasted okra, and breaded yellow squash
  • Wednesday/Thursday: Coconut lentils and barley (recipe to come), Refreshing Cucumber Salad
  • Friday: Still figuring this out! It will probably involve black beans, avocado, and cilantro.

And while we’re planning, here’s my workout schedule for the week:

Monday — 30-minute run/walk
Tuesday — Total body strength-training
Wednesday — 20-minute yoga podcast
Thursday — 30-minute run/walk
Friday — Rest
Saturday — 5K run/walk and strength-training
Sunday — Active rest (walk around the farmers market and an easy 20-minute yoga podcast)

As for last week’s plan, I did some switching around and only ended up with three runs (instead of four), two strength sessions (instead of four), and one yoga podcast (on target). I’m still incredibly proud of myself! It beats the heck out of the last several weeks, which have involved no fitness at all.

What’s on your exercise and food menu for the week? I’m off to do some prep work and check on my sourdough (!) for today’s homemade brunch — and maybe pass out.


5 Responses to “CSA wow-za”

  1. Ashley H (@SouthnPurpleVeg) August 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Wow-za much you are so lucky to have access to all organic CSA box for $25, I wish I had access to that near me. As for my food & excersise plan it kinda just flows day to day depending on the weather.

    • Brigid August 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

      I know! I was shocked to find such a great price. The coop I tried before was over $40, and the produce was mostly imported. Not worth it. All of this is grown locally.

  2. Tammy August 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    I do weekly meal planning but I never thought of planning my exercise at the same time. Great idea.

    • Brigid August 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

      I got the idea from the Fitnessista (www.fitnessista.com). I find it really helpful!

  3. Lindsay August 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    What a nice looking watermelon!

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