I would totally pay someone to wash and chop my CSA share.
Various things spurred this idea. My recent decision to buy a share from the Harvest Kitchen next summer. Thinking about why I wouldn’t bother buying pre-made entrees from Making Thyme Kitchen, even though the concept is very similar the the prepared food CSA I am buying. Reading this NYT article on the degree to which Americans don’t eat vegetables.
It all comes down to the perception that dealing with whole vegetables is a pain. I want the summer share and not the winter entrees because I can make a meatloaf and stick it in the freezer with very little effort. But chopping a dozen servings of vegetables…meh. And frozen really is not the same for fresh, for so many things.
So…there’s my million-dollar (well, maybe that’s a bit optimistic) idea. You offer to pick up, wash, chop, and maybe deliver my CSA share. Less expensive than having someone also then plan a menu and cook it, and I do get to have the fun of poking things with a spoon, but it saves me the bit of effort that is the real sticking point in my mind. And all veg could be packaged in Mason jars, probably quarts and half-gallons, which I’d return like milk bottles each week.
You start such a service, and I’ll advertise it here. And in the meantime, if anyone wants to help me process my garden for winter storage in return for a large cut of the produce, let me know…