Sunday, January 22, 2012


Saturday was a much-anticipated day in our household. We joined a meat CSA and Saturday was the first delivery. We've been wanting to join a CSA for a while now, but it's been hard to find one that fit our schedule, eating preferences, and commitment level.

During the holidays, I day-tripped to Athens, GA for sis-in-law's tattoo, I snuck away for a bit to eat at Farm 255. There, I learned about their meat CSA offered through Moonshine Meats. And they deliver monthly to Decatur...just down the road from our house.

CSA stands for Community-Supported-Agriculture. Basically, you pay a monthly fee to receive a share of that month's crop/yield. The yield is likely the product of multiple small, local, organic operations. For us, the chance to get some amazing grass-fed local meat was a winner. We decided to go all-in for the first three months and subscribe to the big-daddy share. We figured this would give us the best experience with both the pork + beef products. If we learn that we prefer the pork vs the beef, we can scale back after the first quarter. We decided to split the first quarter subscription with my in-laws so we wouldn't have a freezer full of meat.

It was super-easy to sign up online. If you're looking for a CSA, try Farmigo's website to find either vegetables, meats, or mixed-share options near you. You can find out about seasonality, shares, and membership options or sign-up online.

Here's what we received in the first month's share:

  • 2 pounds of ground pork sausage: one mild + one medium (we got to choose the hotness)
  • 1 pound of ground pork
  • 3 pounds of ground beef
  • 2 ribeye steaks (look at those guys...even Lula was excited to see those bones!)
  •  4 bone-in pork chops
  • 1 top-round roast 
  • 1 ham roast
We also added 2 pounds of bacon to the order. Yummmm...bacon.

The ham roast was the "off-cut" this month. Each month, they throw in a new "off-cut" to get you to try something new. If it's something unfamiliar, they send out a recipe the following week to help you figure out what to do with it.

Now it it'd only stop raining long enough to fire up the grill.

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