CSA Survival Tip #7: Involve your kids (and spouse!) in your CSA expericne

Veggies and fruits may be awesome, but if you’re the only one in your family who thinks so, you better reallllly think they’re awesome – because you’ll bust your tummy trying to eat your share allll by your onesie!

So, best bet is to get the whole fam on board. *Really, this tip should have come earlier in the season, but it just occurred to me. This would have been very helpful info when we started out! So, file for next year, at the least*.

How do you involve your kids and spouse (or even guests)?

Here are a few ideas:

Make it look good. If you’re home during the day, or even for weekend lunches, you can make lunch a fun CSA experience. Here’s a photo of a really surprising and colorful lunch! Purple cauliflower, pasta with tomatoes and onions, and orange cantaloupe!




Insist your spouse not make icky faces or say negative things about veggies. And yes, there are ways to kindly insist. I’m not sure what they are. But, use your imagination, or look it up on another blog. If nothing else, remind him of the money you’ve already spent, so might as well enjoy it! Above all, set a good example yourself.

Visit the Farm if you can. This is a fun experience, and will get them thinking about how all the stuff gets from the field (which they have now seen) into the box you pick up down the street. We live about 90 miles from our farm, so sadly we’ve never done this. But I rely on good evidence from friends who have – it is a great experience.

Involve them in choosing, like we did with these Veggie quesadillas. The kids can choose pepperoni and cheese (those are the no brainers) but they have to choose 3 colors (of veggies. Yeah, don’t let them “fool” you with, “The Pepperoni is RED mom, R-E-D!” That didn’t fly at our house.)Ask your spouse to think of recipes they’d like the family to try. Maybe a pizza heavier on the veggies (while still including meats, if you like?) Calzones? Eggs scrambled with peppers and zucchini?

Preserve some of the harvest, or read about how people have done this to survive. Little House on the Prairie, anyone? How about freezing corn with kids? That was the tip from a week back – check it out!

Share it with others. Recently when my mom and bro came over, I had planned on using up a LOT of veggies. We had Confetti Kale (corn, kale, shredded carrots, and onions, sauteed in oil) and an eggplant parmesan bake, with some fresh fruit. I was able to about triple how many veggies I would have used just for us – which helped me use stuff up, as well as brag on the CSA. You can also give produce you won’t use up to a food pantry, neighbor or friend in need, or bring to your church.

Be sneaky. This is a favorite with kale, which no one would ASK for by name, but if its served with macaroni with Wildtree Kids Cheez sauce (an all-natural, additive free ‘mac and cheese’) with teeny kale bits that I’ve whipped up in my food processor, they’ll gobble it up! I made for lunch the other day: 1 head of chopped cauliflower, 1 onion, 2 carrots, 3 sm. green peppers, and poured over it Wildtree Alfredo Extraordinare. Oh, and did I mention it had a WHOLE bunch of chopped kale in it? Also, I throw lots of things into ‘salads’, including beet greens, kale, and chard. Having good additive free Wildtree dressings helps, too.

Be real. Think of what you normally eat, and veggi-fy it. Add small chunks of veggies to burgers. When you stir fry, go lighter on the chicken, heavy on the veggies. Add sides like corn, or beets. Keep trying – and don’t be afraid to insist everyone takes a bite of everything. In time, they won’t balk. My kids are getting pretty good, but even they have their moments. It is a constant thing to keep ahead of — but the rewards are great!

One thought on “CSA Survival Tip #7: Involve your kids (and spouse!) in your CSA expericne

  1. inherchucks says:

    Another fabulous post! You could write a book 🙂

    Come and link up to this week’s CSA Link party when you get a chance…http://inherchucks.com/2012/09/19/whats-in-the-box-44/. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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