Monday, December 29, 2008

First Meat CSA Delivery

My first meat CSA delivery arrived last week-last Saturday. I'd love to say I wasn't disappointed, but in a way I was. I was excited to have fresh healthier meat in my kitchen, along with a cookbook and a newsletter, but disappointed in the amount available. As I understood it the amount of meat I received is suppose to feed 2 people 3 times a week for a month. What I received instead was enough meat to feed 1 person 3 times a week for a month. At least that's what it looks like. Maybe we just eat a lot of meat here in my house....I thought we didn't. Let me give a perfect example of what I'm talking about... among the variety of meats I received in the icebox there was one pork chop. I looked through the rest of the meat for another, but only found one. Say I wanted to cook pork chops one night how would this one pork chop be divided between two people and still be filling? Would I have to add larger side dishes? What if the second person is a 6 foot 1 inch tall man? Would he really be satisfied with half a pork chop? Would I, in order to satisfy him, have to go buy another pork chop at the regular grocery store?Would this defeat the purpose of joining the CSA? Who would get the CSA pork chop and who would get the other? I'm not sure why, but this one pork chop really bothered me... still does. It also bothered me when I saw the 4 tiny ribs. I'm new to the CSA thing, but I was hoping that if they give an estimate of how many people their meats can feed they would at least make an effort to make sure it feeds two people as closely as possible. Two people---give me two pork chops. It makes sense doesn't it? I emailed the very nice lady in charge of the CSA that evening, but have yet to receive a response. This is not a bad thing. They are very busy, but I am curious what her response will be. As for the other meats they all seemed satisfactory. I'm happy that the animals are grass fed, are free range and aren't injected with hormones. I'm not sure how long I can afford the price for the amount of meat I receive though. Maybe this month was slow. Maybe next month will be different. I took a few pictures of what I received. I'll download them later and post them. I also wrote down a list of the types of meats I received, but seem to have misplaced it. It is here somewhere. When I find it I will post it too.

Update Jan 22. 2009
I have pasted the pictures I promised to post throughout this entry.
This is the list of meats I received on this delivery.
1. Ground Pork (1)
2. Pork Sausage (1)
3. Smoked Jowls (1)
4. Beef Liver (1)
5. Spareribs (1)
6. Polish Sausage (1)
7. Beef Ribeye (1)
8. Boneless Porkchop (1)
9. Real Pork (links) (1)
10. Ground Beef (2)
11. Whole Chicken (1)
12. Pork Shoulder Roast (1)
13. Pork Cutlet (1)
Plus a free cookbook, the monthly newsletter and the bumper sticker.

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