”What….is the number one reason people don’t join a CSA?” Francisco, the owner of KyV Farm asked me with eyebrows raised and eyes wide, waiting for my answer…..
”UM….because they haven’t heard of one?”
”No! Because people want convenience!”
Dang. I missed that one.
Francisco likes to quiz me on farm trivia. I had already correctly answered the last question of, “What is the first thing you do when you start a business?” The answer is to tell people about it – market, start a facebook page, get a website. I was very proud of myself for answering that one correctly.
Hmm….that is true. People want and need convenience nowadays. I know I do. Working full time, blogging, running a business and writing recipes for Native Sun and KyV on top of making sure I spend time with my family means I’m a super busy person. I wish I could make everything from absolute raw and basic ingredients and spend my time writing witty repartee and creating unique and creative photos but hey, I’m happy with what I can do at this point and I give myself a break with having to do semi-homemade recipes. The one thing I refuse to skimp on is the veggies. I want fresh, local and organic and I want to know my farmer.
Do you agree that the reason most people don’t join a CSA is because of the convenience factor?
I’d love to hear from you, my readers!
What would make you want to join a CSA?
What if the veggies were already prepped and ready to eat?
How much more would you pay for that convenience?
What if a bunch of organic kale was $3, would you pay $4 to have it washed and prepped?
What if you could buy the veggies from the farm in a “salad kit” like from your grocery so you only had to throw on the dressing? I would probably pay $6 for the entire head of kale and extra veggies thrown in, all prepped and ready to go.
How about ready-made meals?
How awesome would it be to have some vegetarian/vegan options made with organic farm vegetables! Would you pay $20 for a family of four?
There are so many things I love about my CSA that I just got used to making the trip every other week to visit the farm to pick up my veggies and began enjoying the prep work but some pre-made items WOULD be fabulous for those nights I really don’t have the time. Last night, for instance……I didn’t get home until 7:15. Thank goodness I had grabbed a gorgeous garlic bread from the farm (pictured in these photos) and already had some of their tender lettuce and Vidalia Valley vinaigrette on hand.
A recent post on My New Roots about a tempeh sandwich popped into my head. I decided to do a quick, kid-friendly version of Sarah’s recipe….Sloppy Joes! I found a basic Sloppy Joe recipe on All Recipes, added a bit of love to that, and voila! It was DELICIOUS! A little spicy, a little sweet, nice and rich from the tomatoes. I got a good bit of char on tempeh and when paired with that toasted bread…. divine.
Sloppy Joes with Tempeh and Black Beans
1 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1/2 onion, chopped, KyV Farm
1 14.5oz can fire roasted, diced tomatoes
1/3 cup organic ketchup
2 tsp mustard
2 tsp each onion powder and garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 tsp agave (or brown sugar if you have it)
3 dashes hot sauce (I used Cholula)
1 tsp cider vinegar
1 8oz (226 grams) pkg tempeh (Lightlife)
1/2 cup cooked black beans
8 slices fresh garlic bread, KyV Farm (For gluten free I like Pamela’s GF Bread Mix – herb option)
1. Heat 1/2 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat; add onion and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes; reduce heat and add tomatoes; stir well and simmer, about 3 minutes. Meanwhile in a medium bowl mix ketchup, mustard, onion and garlic powder, agave, salt, hot sauce and cider vinegar; stir well and add to skillet with onions and tomatoes; cook down about 3 minutes; spoon mixture back into bowl.
2. Heat 1/2 tbsp olive oil in same skillet over medium high heat; break up tempeh well and add to heated skillet; let brown on first side, about 5 minutes (or until browned), stir and add black beans; cook an additional 3 minutes. Stir in sauce mixture; add up to 1/2 cup water as needed to loosen mixture.
Nutrition Facts (without bread)
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat 9.7 g
Saturated Fat 1.8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.3 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 521.0 mg
Potassium 476.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate 22.2 g
Dietary Fiber 3.0 g
Sugars 8.2 g
Protein 13.5 g
Vitamin A 7.6 %
Vitamin B-12 0.8 %
Vitamin B-6 9.9 %
Vitamin C 17.4 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 2.5 %
Calcium 8.9 %
Copper 21.2 %
Folate 13.0 %
Iron 11.9 %
Magnesium 16.5 %
Manganese 44.2 %
Niacin 8.3 %
Pantothenic Acid 2.5 %
Phosphorus 19.7 %
Riboflavin 13.1 %
Selenium 2.3 %
Thiamin 7.7 %
Zinc 6.6 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Enjoy my Quick and Easy Sloppy Joes with Tempeh and Black Beans!