Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Preparing for CSA Time with Pinterest

This is an adaptation of a post that I posted today on the Flavors of Rochester website.

Belonging to a community-supported agriculture program (CSA) can feel like being on the Food Network show "Chopped." In the show, chefs are given a basket of mystery ingredients and have a short period of time to turn those ingredients into a delicious dish.

In my first year as a member of a CSA, I’d pick up my week’s bag of produce and bring it home. I’d find, for example, zucchini, purple bell peppers, poblano peppers, cabbage, kohlrabi, kale and beets. Dinner is in an hour. Your time starts NOW!

I’d be stumped, and it would take forever to search for recipes to use.

Since then, I’ve avoided that "Chopped" syndrome by having recipes at the ready, sorted by ingredient. My latest tool for doing that is with Pinterest, which describes itself as follows:

“Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.”

On Pinterest, a "pin" is a picture that usually links to a web page. A "board" is a collection of pins, like a cork bulletin board you might have hanging at home. People can see your pins and “repin” them on their own boards.

To help our CSA members, at Wickham Farms we’ve set up Pinterest boards for each one of our crops, or sometimes a group of crops that can be used interchangeably in recipes (such as winter squash).  Those boards are public, so they can be accessed by anyone.

As an example, one of our early crops will be peas. An image of the board for pea recipes is shown above, but you can't interact with it. To get to the actual board, click here. Because several people, including myself, contribute to these boards, they appear as our personal boards as well. To see my boards on Pinterest, click here.

By creating your own account, you can create boards of your own, and follow other people's boards.

Are you using Pinterest? If so, how are you using it?

1 comment:

Julie said...

Great idea!

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