After picking up our produce box for twenty-two weeks we have reached the end of the season and with that I have thought a lot about what I loved about this program, what I was not really keen on, and what I would do next year.
Let me start with what I loved:
- that we had fresh, organic produce every week
- how much better this local produce tasted compared to what we could buy in the stores
- increased knowledge and appreciation for what grows local to us
- trying new recipes (my favorite thing!!)
- it was fun
- meal planning was simpler as I planned our meals based on what we got in the box
- I got to drive into the country and visit a beautiful garden center every week when I was picking up our box
- after the initial cost of paying for all the boxes back in June, our weekly grocery bill was greatly reduced
- receiving herbs in the box - it was very difficult to use large bundles of herbs before they went bad
- sometimes we had a lot of the same produce - for example, too many onions at the beginning of the season and too many carrots at the end - and it was a lot to use up before the next box arrived. I did manage to use everything in the end, but it definitely required a bit more work and organization and was a wee bit stressful at times
- the recipes that were included with the box this year were not as good as those we got last year, though to be fair, I have become very particular about recipes and about what I cook
As for writing these posts about our produce box and what foods I have cooked, I have really enjoyed it. More interestingly though is that as I spent more time in the kitchen trying new recipes and playing with food presentation, I fully embraced the creative aspects of cooking and realized that cooking has indeed become a hobby of mine rather than simply a necessary chore. And while I was a little hesitant at first posting about food and cooking here at Crafty Cucumber, worried that it would not be a good fit, once I saw it for the creative outlet that it had become I knew that it belonged here. I hope you have enjoyed reading these posts as much as I have enjoyed creating them.