11 responses

  1. SharonP
    April 13, 2013

    I love the sound of this recipe…will try making it on my next day off :-)

    • admin
      April 13, 2013

      Wonderful Sharon! It really was so quick and easy. I even had a friend try some last night that is not a vegetarian and she said Wow! This is GOOD!

  2. janet @ the taste space
    April 13, 2013

    Yum! I was going to make that tempeh, too, this weekend for an arugula salad. :) While I would love to do a CSA, this is why I have not done it (and you know I love my veggies): I would get stressed not knowing what kind/type of produce I would get every week. I don’t like to waste anything which would be my worry.. I also worry that it would be too much food for just two people. I feel like the commitment is too much for small families. Instead, I prefer to pick the right produce each week for my meals based on what is in season, which also tends to be whatever is on sale. :)

    • admin
      April 13, 2013

      GREAT feedback Janet. Thank you! I think that is a worry of many families and Francisco and I have talked about that too – offering smaller portions and getting the yearly plantings down pat so that he can tell almost down to the week what will be ripe. THAT sounds challenging.
      I can’t wait to see what you cook up with the tempeh!

  3. Anna
    April 15, 2013

    Great recipe! I love tempeh, so will be making this soon! As to Janet’s point, I’ve found that a half share is pretty much right on the money in quantity for two whole foods, plant-based eaters.

    I personally don’t mind not knowing exactly what I’ll get each week. It makes me find or create a recipe to fit the food instead of the other way around. That makes for a more creative, novel experience and no waste. Besides, once you get into the CSA rhythm, you can have a general idea. Once you start getting green onions, you know you’ll be getting them for at least a few shares, carrots come near the beginning and end of the season, etc. The anticipation of eating in season is one thing that connects us to the intimate experience of eating. Having access to strawberries year-round makes them less interesting, something you tend to pay less attention to. Large-scale, we start paying less attention to what and how we’re eating in general, and where we’re getting our food from. That’s caused us all kinds of problems!

    And it’s partly for that reason that the closer my food moves toward “convenience” and away from its most natural state, the more concerned I get. I want to choose a lettuce that’s still warm from the field and wash the sand off of it myself. I’m always so happy to find a little worm in there every now and then because it reminds me that my food wasn’t doused with poison while it was growing. Pre-washed, cut and bagged lettuce, just as an example, makes me a little sad, I guess because it feels like it’s missing something—some of the experience.

    On the other hand, I get the need for convenience. If we can’t fit “old-fashioned” ideas like connecting with and enjoying our food into our modern lives, such things will continue to be marginalized. It’s a fine line, but one that, in my opinion, is worth finding. Sorry for the long comment, but you know how passionate I am about these things!! :)

    • admin
      April 16, 2013

      No Anna, THANKS for the long and insightful comment! You are so right. I enjoy all the same things and don’t mind the prep work or the not knowing. In fact, when I talk to other CSA members they tend to say the same thing – that the like the “challenge” of figuring out what to do with that vegetable.
      So the question is…..are we selling out by moving towards convenience or in our society is this a must-have in order for CSA to gain popularity. In the end I’d rather have someone join the CSA for the convenience, avoid factory farms and then participate in events and gain a love for the earth and knowing their farmer and on their own, choose to save the money on the pre-prepping and packaging.

      • Anna
        April 16, 2013

        So true! Bring on the converts…most definitely!

      • admin
        April 17, 2013

        I was very proud of myself – the fact that he took a bite of tofu that was NOT hidden in something was awesome!!!!

  4. Joanne
    April 15, 2013

    I love this veg version of sloppy joes! So much flavor and it’s actually GOOD FOR YOU. And it never takes much convincing to make me want to join a CSA!

    • admin
      April 16, 2013

      Thanks girl! Yes you are a CSA lover too. :)

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