Notable Edibles Summer 2013 Issue

“What Do I Do With That?”

By Wendy Allen | Photo By courtesy of FairShare CSA Coalition 0

Have you ever avoided a food at the farmers market because you didn’t know what to do with it? Does that obscure veggie give you puppy-dog eyes all week until you finally, with a mumbled apology to the poor neglected thing, pitch it into the compost bin? There is help for you!

For the DIY cook, FairShare CSA Coalition has published a fantastic companion cookbook to their popular From Asparagus to Zucchini called Farm-Fresh and Fast: Easy Recipes and Tips for Making the Most of Fresh, Seasonal Foods. Not only does it give a description of just about every edible that sprouts from the earth in our region, but provides recipes that are entirely do-able. And do-able is key when faced with that weekly, sometimes overflowing, box o’ CSA goodness. Order online at

For the time-strapped, Local Thyme CSA menu planning service will create meal plans for market shoppers based on what’s in season, and for CSA members using, they say, “EVERY veggie in EVERY box.” Delicious recipes, shopping lists, cooking tips, and coming soon, a forum where members can connect over their newfound fresh food successes. Finally! A cure for the dreaded “CSA box paralysis”! Here’s another plus: A portion of Local Thyme’s profits go toward FairShare CSA Coalition’s Partner Shares Program, which helps low income families afford CSA shares. And Local Thyme provides their recipe service to those families for free.

Wendy Allen is digital editor, copy editor, and a writer for Edible Madison. She reads style guides for fun, believes stories have power, and is fascinated by the evolution of the English languageā€”for better or worse. Her mission: to wrestle the wily comma into submission.

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