From Soil to City


Local Roots CSA is more than just food, it’s a lifestyle. Our community is always striving to find ways to live and eat sustainably. One easy practice in order to cook in a more sustainable way is to save your farm fresh CSA veggie scraps and use them to make your own broth.

You can store your local veggie scraps in a container or bag in the freezer. Once the veggies are nearing the top, you simply put them in your crockpot and fill to the brim with water. Cover and allow it to sit for up to 10 hours. If you don’t have a crock pot, don’t worry! You can simply use a large pot and let it simmer on the stove for a few hours. Once you’re ready, simply strain the liquid through a strainer and store in a closed container in the refrigerator for a week or in the freezer for up to four months. To add even more sustainable practices to your routine, compost the veggie scraps after you make your broth. If you can’t compost in your home, most green markets in New York City have a space for compost.

Use your homemade, local broth for making soups and stews. Use it in place of water when making quinoa, rice or couscous for added flavor! You can use it to braise meats and vegetables.
We’re always so inspired by what you make so please share with #veggiescrapbroth #madewithlocalroots and tag us @localrootsnyc!