Commonly Used Ingredients for Preparing Items in a CSA Share

One of the biggest reasons people don’t re-subscribe to a CSA is because they feel like they waste too much food. Knowing what types of ingredients typically pair well with produce that’s in season will help you waste less food. Here are some ingredients that I find myself using week after week when preparing our CSA share items:

Some Commonly Used Ingredients for CSA Cooking
Some Commonly Used Ingredients for CSA Cooking



Black pepper

Cayenne pepper


Chicken broth

Pasta or baguette


Oils and vinegars:

Olive oil

Balsamic vinegar

Rice vinegar

Soy sauce

White vinegar

Hot sauce





(Additional) Produce:





Eggs & Dairy:


Heavy cream

Parmesan cheese (grated)

Feta or Gorgonzola (strong-tasting)

Goat cheese


Ingredients like bacon, strong-flavored cheeses, chicken broth, cayenne peppers, onion, and shallots help hide the bitter or earthy tastes of some of our produce. I’ve also been using heavy cream not only to add flavor to items but also to make some of our vegetarian meals more filling. This ingredient list is unique in that it includes a lot of Asian-inspired derivatives because we get a lot of Asian greens and stir-fry ingredients from our particular CSA.

What ingredients do you use frequently when cooking seasonally?


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