For years we threatened to put together a CSA cookbook that focuses on the vegetables we grow. We finally pulled it together for our CSA members in 2010. The recipes in our CSA cookbook are some of our favorites, some that have been provided by our members over the years, and some from the chefs at the restaurants who buy our produce. In the summer of 2012 we were not able to get it together, or incur the cost of the printing, binders, or time to put everything together. We have a better option coming. We are close to having an interactive recipe database that will be available to our CSA members from this web site. A summer or winter CSA membership will get you access to the recipe web site for a year. Stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed!
Eat Local Cookbook
That CSA cookbook caught the attention of the editors at Downeast Books who contacted Lisa and asked her to consider writing a cookbook dedicated to the concept of local, seasonal food. They loved the concept of a book with recipes that are some of our favorites, some that have been provided by our CSA members, and some from the chefs at the restaurants who buy our produce. A year later the "Eat Local Cookbook", written by your farmer Lisa Turner, containing some of your recipes, and published by Downeast Books hit the store shelves. It has received excellent reviews. In fact, for a time it was No. 1 on the Portland Press Herald nonfiction best seller list!The "Eat Local Cookbook" is available at most local bookstores, but if you can't find it there, you can get it on line at many resellers, at Downeast Books, or stop by the farm and get your copy signed by the author, just make sure she washes her hands first.
Experiment and Submit Your Recipes
The recipes in these books and on the recipe database website are the ones people like. Remember our mission statement is "To delight the palate." The better tasting the food the more fun this is for everyone. So please, be creative and submit the recipes that you like the best.
Recipes In CSA email Updates
Our current members know that we send an email prior to each pickup. These emails contain recipes for the vegetables in season in addition to farm updates. We will continue to include recipes in these emails. We will also include links to seasonal recipes in the recipe database website once it's up ad running. The weekly emails tend to be limited by time, the website will not be so constrained.