Posts Tagged by Community Sponsored Agriculture
|August 23, 2014||Posted by Sarah under 2014 CSA|
I know this is how nature works, but I hate that the best parts of summer come at the end of the season. I wish all the awesomeness we’re getting now could last longer than just a few weeks!! I’ve been making some wonderful eggplant parmesan, big salads and oh yeah, all those leftovers from my BBQ a few weeks ago fed us for quite a few days!
Week 11 brought more lettuce, tons of ripe tomatoes, potatoes and onions. I also grabbed one of the peppers from Keira to grill up for B…just because I can’t eat them doesn’t mean that he shouldn’t enjoy them!
Week 12 brought more of my favorites corn, carrots and tomatoes, along with some gorgeous swiss chard and savoy cabbage. I think I’m just going to juice the chard, but I’m not sure what to do with the savoy cabbage besides tons of slaws…any suggestions?
It was also a fruit week and I was stoked to get 2 of my favs…blueberries and peaches!
I split a lot of the stuff with Keira since I knew we couldn’t finish 6 giant tomatoes. She was excited because there were bonus hot peppers this week which her hubs LOVES. I see a lot of spicy dishes in her future.
Only 4 weeks are left of the CSA and sadly the Farmers Market ends next week 🙁 That means no more fresh fish on Wednesday and no more sweet treats like cupcakes or cannolis…well I guess for the second one it’s a good thing, my waist line will be happy.
Hope you’re enjoying the last of what the summer has to offer…it’s been a great year!
|August 10, 2014||Posted by Sarah under 2014 CSA|
Ready for 3 weeks for delicious veggies and good eats?! I missed out on week 8 since I was in California which is a bummer since it was full off beets, corn and local blueberries. Well Disneyland and the Games more than made up for it 🙂
Week 9 brought some new items and bunch of things I couldn’t eat like squash and cukes. I took home Yukon Potatoes, Lettuce, Broccoli and Purple Scallions.
Keira grabbed up the rest, along with some white pickling cukes which is apparently sweeter than the more traditional green variety. And then she made pickles…YUM!
Man I really wish I could eat those…I LOVE pickles! I hate that cucumbers hate me. Can’t wait to hear how they turn out.
Week 10 has been my favorite week so far. Not only did we get the a bounty of summer’s best, but it was also a fruit week!
This basket was HUGE! There were 8 ears of corn that I split with Keira and a huge bag of plums that we split as well. On top of that I took home the carrots, eggplant, cherry tomatoes and some of the other fruit.
In our weekly email, there was a recipe suggestion for carrot top pesto. Hmmmmm. I’ve always just discarded carrot tops so this sounded like an interesting use for them. I adapted the recipe a bit and was actually surprised at how good it turned out! Here’s the recipe with a few changes:
- 2 cups lightly packed carrot tops that have been rinsed well and patted dry (discard the thicker bottom parts of the greens)
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 8-10 basil leaves
- 3 tablespoons walnuts, toasted
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ground black pepper and kosher salt to taste
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Place all ingredients except for the olive oil and water into your food processor and pulse until you get a coarse paste. Slowly drizzle the water into the processor, then do the same with the olive oil as you pulse the pesto until you get the consistency of a coarse puree.
- The amount of olive oil will vary based on the consistency you want.
Oh that delicious plate of BBQ up there? The tomato pesto salad went great with a pork butt that I smoked and a cole slaw I made with the carrots, scallions and kohlrabi I had on hand along with some cabbage I picked up at the farm. Can summer never end??
What goodies have you made lately?
|July 13, 2014||Posted by Sarah under 2014 CSA|
The bitterness of broccoli rabe is a perfect pairing with salty italian sausage. Top it with some fresh, local ricotta cheese and you have a delicious meal!
Now I have to admit that I did not take into account the saltiness of the sausage and over-seasoned the rabe. I also added a sprinkling of Parmesan which led to a very salty meal. Things to remember for the future.
All the lettuce we had been receiving came in handy over the 4th of July holiday weekend at the parities Keira and I attended. Look at the delicious salad she made with her iceberg lettuce…definitely not your typical iceberg.
Week 6 of the CSA brought more of our favorite tatsoi and carrots, along with some new veggies like green beans, cucumbers and golden beets.
I swapped out the cabbage and one of the kohlrabi for 2 tatsoi and also took the carrots and golden beets. I’ve been saving all of the beets I’ve been getting to roast together…that will be happening this week!
Now that the farmstand is open, I’ve been supplementing my share with grape tomatoes, blueberries and other yummy veggies. Summer rules!
|July 6, 2014||Posted by Sarah under 2014 CSA, Connecticut|
Braised chard was the theme of the week since we both got it. Looks like Keira added some hot peppers to hers and I did mine in shallots, garlic and a touch of butter.
That’s some tasty stuff! I also made a quinoa salad with tomatoes, chicken and feta, and used the kohlrabi in a salad of romaine, carrots and steak. Great lunches all around!
Did you know that purple kohlrabi is only purple on the outside? I didn’t…strange.
Week 5 brings some repeats like kale and rabe, but some fun new items as well.
The most intriguing to me was the iceberg lettuce (bottom left) because it looks nothing like the light green round head that we are used to finding in grocery stores. This looked much more nutritious and appetizing!
I took home the heirloom beets, rabe, broccoli and fennel.
I’m really looking forward to making a beet and fennel salad (B will HATE that!) and sauteeing up the rabe with some good italian sausage. Any other thoughts on what to do with the fennel?
Have a great week and don’t forget to eat your veggies!
|June 27, 2014||Posted by Sarah under 2014 CSA, Connecticut|
I still haven’t made it through all the cabbage from last week…it’s insane! However I’ve made some rather delicious slaws that I’ve mixed with shredded carrots, the garlic scapes, and an apple cider/citrus dressing. Super good with fish tacos and grilled chicken…yum!
Keira got much more creative with her cabbage and mixed it with pineapples, mangos, carrots and a strawberry vinaigrette. She let it sit overnight and voila! This looked super good.
She also sauteed up her white turnips with some onions, garlic and zucchini for a tasty side dish. I love seeing how she is using all the ingredients so differently than I would…helps me to think outside of the box a little!
Somehow we are already in week four. It’s exciting because we’re now starting to get things other than greens (YAY!) and the farmstand is now open to fill in the gaps. Here’s what we got this week.
I took home the purple kohlrabi, red chard and purple beets. Judging by the colors, I am clearly sick of greens 😉 I also picked up some asparagus, tomatoes and peas from the farmstand.
Keira got the cauliflower, carrots, asparagus and swapped the green leaf lettuce for some red chard.
After getting our goodies, we walked around the Woodmont Farmers Market for a bit. It was PACKED! It’s so cool to see the community come out an support local businesses and farms. I was intrigued by a new vendor, Nutty Bunny. This is a non-dairy frozen dessert that looked a whole lot like ice cream. After tasting two of the flavors, Double Chocolate Crunch and Vanilla, I was sold! This stuff is delicious and actually not all that bad for you. The vanilla is made from cashews, coconut milk, maple syrup, almonds, coconut oil, filtered water, pure vanilla extract, sea salt, and vanilla beans…that’s it! Needless to say, I went home with a pint.
I went home in the BEST mood! This is by far my favorite time of year when the air is warm and all the food we eat is from down the street…just can’t get better than that! Til next week!