Tuesday, September 10, 2013


So.  Let's talk food.  Yes, this is a fashion blog.  I have my outfit pictures from yesterday to share as well. But I want to talk about the awesomeness of my CSA share.  I've mentioned it a few times this summer on the blog here.  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  How a CSA works is, area farms sell shares of their produce and when you buy one, you get a box of goodies every week.  

Back in January, my mother in law asked if we'd be willing to split a full share with them this summer.  It was an investment - but we decided to take the risk and see how things would go.  We also added a half dozen eggs to our order, which meant that in addition to a box of veggies each week that we split with my in-laws, we also get six farm fresh eggs.  I was nervous about doing this, I didn't know if we'd actually like the items we got or would be creative enough to use them all.  See, the challenge is - you don't necessarily know what you're getting each week until the day the box is delivered.  Much of it depends on how the season is going and you pretty much get what you get.  But, I've been very pleasantly surprised at how well we have been doing with this and I can honestly say, it's the best thing we did for ourselves this year.  I look forward to each Thursday when our new goodies arrive!

Dress as skirt - Cliche Mpls
Tank top - Mossimo, Target
Jacket - LOFT, thrifted
Sandals - Merona, Target
Necklace - Charming Charlie
Bracelets - thrifted and S&D 

I've also mentioned before that the Pants Monkey loves to cook and is far more creative and willing to take risks in the kitchen than I am.  That may have helped us a great deal in making this CSA share work well for us.  I know my in-laws have actually struggled a bit with their items.  They also went out of town a couple of more times than we did this summer too.  Not everything is unusual - right now in fact we're getting very normal, common veggies - tomatoes, carrots, green beans, etc.  Earlier this summer is when we were getting more unusual items like kale, collards and fennel.  We've managed to try every single thing though and I have loved it all.  Because our growing season was late too we'll be enjoying products at least through the end of this month.  I will be sad when it's over!

Follow me on Instagram (feed is at the right, otherwise my username is muppetmusic22) to see pictures of some of the delicious creations we make.  I will apologize now for making you hungry if you do!


  1. Cute outfit! I've wanted to try a CSA, just not sure where to look!

  2. I think a CSA is such an awesome idea! You get to try and eat fresh veggies grown right in your local area. Glad to hear you had a great experience.

    That skirt is pretty awesome too! I love the floral print.

  3. Love the outfit - very summery. I think the CSA is such an awesome idea too! I know Steve and I have looked into doing a meat CSA(never even knew they had that until I looked it up).

  4. Food! I love food. Cooking is fun and creative. This idea is terrific -- it forces you to become inventive. Kudos to you for trying it. Your outfit is cute, too.

  5. This is SO cute! I love the green tank top with your skirt!

  6. Glad to hear the CSA is working out for you! I'm the one that does the cooking and I'm not entirely sure I'd eat kale, haha.

    The Tiny Heart

  7. I LOVE that skirt!! CSA's sound pretty cool! I told Kyle that we should do one, but we already grow so much crap. I really love kale! It is good cooked in a pan with olive oil, sea salt & pepper, then on some toast and a cooked egg. I eat that 1-2 times per week.

  8. Wow! You are the queen of skirts Bethie. I love that cute jacket / shrug! It blends the ensemble all together. Thanks for the comment about glad my ydd got the dress after all. I thought it appropriate (since she put the ca-bosh on it) for her to hunt it down and get it for me. ~ it that bad? hahahaha

  9. Love that skirt! I've been wanting to try a CSA for a long time. When the DH and I move out of the in-laws that and investing in shares of meat will be on my to-do list. Right now the in-laws visit the Mennonites to get many of their veggies and then can them.

    I try to be adventurous in the kitchen and will mostly eat any veggie. Fennel is a difficult one, but any kind of dark green is good cooked low and slow. (Preferably with ham or bacon and lots of garlic)

  10. I love that shade of green! I'm way too chicken to do a CSA, I rarely cook and my husband basically only cooks meat... but I really love the idea!

  11. Cute outfit! And CSA's are great! I need to try to convince John to let us subscribe to one again!


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