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Continued: CSAs find niche in the kitchens of cooks

  • Article by: LEE SVITAK DEAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 4, 2014 - 3:40 PM

When the CSA box or basket of vegetables lands on the kitchen table, however, the cook has to stretch a bit, and so do those at the dinner table.

“Even if it’s a new vegetable to you, odds are that you’re going to prepare it and eat it because you’ve paid for it,” said Hugunin. “It’s one thing to say you’ll try something new the next time you’re at the store; it’s another when it lands on your doorstep.”

For many cooks, CSAs offer the biggest opportunity to influence change.

“This is grass-roots at its most grass-roots. Consumers can say, ‘I wish you had more of this. Have you tried this variety before? I don’t like this,’ ” said Hugunin. And the farmer pays attention.

That’s a harvest to savor.


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