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Eat Your Veggies! Robert Treat Farm CSA Weeks 8 – 10

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 πŸ™‚  

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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.  

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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!

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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!  

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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.

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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:

Carrot Top Pesto
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
12 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
12 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups lightly packed carrot tops that have been rinsed well and patted dry (discard the thicker bottom parts of the greens)
  2. 1 garlic clove, chopped
  3. 8-10 basil leaves
  4. 3 tablespoons walnuts, toasted
  5. 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  6. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  7. ground black pepper and kosher salt to taste
  8. 1/4 cup water
  9. 1/4 - 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. 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.
Notes
  1. The amount of olive oil will vary based on the consistency you want.
Adapted from Sarah McGovern (RAD Living)
Adapted from Sarah McGovern (RAD Living)
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I was surprised at how great this is.  Who knew?!?  I mixed the pesto with the tomatoes I had and some mozzarella for a delicious salad!

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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?

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Eat Your Veggies! Robert Treat Farm CSA Week 4

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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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I took home the purple kohlrabi, red chard and purple beets.  Judging by the colors, I am clearly sick of greens πŸ˜‰  I also picked up some asparagus, tomatoes and peas from the farmstand.

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Keira got the cauliflower, carrots, asparagus and swapped the green leaf lettuce for some red chard.

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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.

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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!

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Eat Your Veggies! Robert Treat Farm CSA Week 3

Hey guess what…more greens this week!  Shocker, I know.  However there were some fun surprises and something I’ve never tried before.

With all the lettuce we received last week, I’m sure you can just imagine how many salads we’ve been having.  I actually forgot to make the big salad I was planning for our family barbecue, so I’ve been having salads for lunch every day.  Keira on the other hand decided to get creative with her lettuce by making burger lettuce wraps.  Oh and look at her strawberries topping some vanilla ice cream…YUM!  I’m a little mad she didn’t invite me over πŸ˜‰  

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I was not quite as creative and just simply braised my kale and other greens in some onions, garlic, stock and a touch of butter.  It was actually quite delicious and I mixed the leftovers with some quinoa and feta for a tasty lunch.

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Now it’s time to think out of the box for Week 3.  I got 2 interesting items that I need to get creative with.  So here’s what we got…

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Keira took home the Rabe, White Turnips, Spinach and swapped the Red Leaf Lettuce (enough with the lettuce!) for some Napa Cabbage.  I took the Napa Cabbage, Escarole, Garlic Scapes, Strawberries (for B!) and Lettuce Bowl…look at the size of these things!!

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Let’s start with the Lettuce Bowl…this is SUPER cool!  Basically, it’s a mixed bunch of lettuce that we can cut whenever we’re feeling a salad and it will regrow for a second cut. I’m keeping it on my patio table so it is out of the way of any munchers…mainly that giant groundhog that roams around my yard!

Escarole…easy, more white beans and escarole because, well, bacon.  The cabbage and the garlic scapes are wild cards.  First, I have NO idea what to do with Garlic Scapes.  I tried them and it’s basically just a mild garlic, so I’m thinking I will toss it in with whatever I’m cooking in lieu of garlic.  Sounds good, right?

Next, Napa Cabbage.  I used to make a badass fried rice full of napa cabbage, but that was before I found out eggs and peppers were no bueno for my digestive system.  So what to do now?  The farm gave these suggestions…

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The smell of boiled cabbage makes me want to vom, so I think I’ll make some slaw and try some sort of stir fry.  I’m thinking carrots, snow peas and chicken might be a good mix? We will see… 

I’m super excited that the Woodmont Farmers Market will be starting next week.  Keira and I strategically choose our CSA pick up date for Wednesdays for this reason.  I see a lot of seafood from Gambardella’s in my future! 

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So I want to know…what would you do with all that cabbage?!?

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Eat Your Veggies! Robert Treat Farm CSA Week 1

I am SO excited that the Community Sponsored Agriculture (CSA) program at my favorite place, Robert Treat Farm, started up again this week!  This is the 3rd time I am taking part in the CSA and I am so looking forward to a summer full of fresh vegetables from right down the street!

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If you’re not familiar with a CSA, it is when a farm offers what they call shares for a set amount of time.  These are available to pre-purchase before the growing season and at Robert Treat they come in small, medium and large shares.  Each week we get whatever is ripe for picking.  So early in the season we’ll get a lot of lettuce and other greens.  Later in the summer, we’ll get tomatoes, corn and squash.  It’s an exciting surprise each week!

In the past I have opted for the small share which is 5 items per week and is plenty (sometimes too much) for B and I.  However, it was getting a bit challenging as I’ve come across numerous food allergies of mine (squash, cucumbers, etc…) to eat all of the things we are given.  So this year, my friend Keira and I decided to split a medium share which will work out perfectly!  We can each pick the items we like best and I don’t have to worry about wasting the foods I can’t eat!  

So here’s what we got for Week 1: asparagus, tatsoi, broccoli rabe, curly endive, green leaf lettuce, escarole, radishes, red leaf lettuce.  Basically, ALL the leafy greens!

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The cool thing about our farm is that they put out a display table with labels over all the items in the baskets, so if you’re not familiar with something you can see what it is.  The farmers are also always around to ask questions about preparations or recipes for unfamiliar items as well.

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Keira took home the green leaf lettuce, escarole, broccoli rabe and radishes.  Can you believe the size of these things?!?

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I took the red leaf lettuce, tatsoi, asparagus and swapped the curly endive for escarole. That’s another cool things about the farm…they have a swap table so if you don’t like something or would prefer more of one item, you can swap it out if it’s on the table.

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Also this week, we were given a cheery tomato plant for our patio.  Keira was nice enough to let me take that home and I promptly planted it outside.

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Speaking of planters…check out how big my chives have gotten!  I just love those purple flower on top πŸ™‚

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So for the next 16 weeks, I will be sharing my CSA experience with you.  I’ll show you what we get each week and hopefully share some healthy recipes that I create with my veggies. CSAs are a great way to support your local farms and also ensure your family eats healthy on a daily basis.  You can’t help but feel better when you have an abundance of fresh veggies on your plate!  I hope it will inspire you to get out there and find some local veggies in your area πŸ™‚

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It’s Not Everyday You See A Rubber Duck Race!

When I first heard about the Milford Harbor Duck Race, I knew it was something I had to see.  I have an affinity for strange events and this is definitely one of them.  Thousands of rubber ducks being dumped off a bridge by a front loader and then traveling down the rapids to declare a single winner?!  Yeah, that’s right up my alley.  

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The race was set to go down at 2pm, so I met up with my friends Kat a little after 1 to walk around and check out everything else that was going on.  Apparently this is a big event in town…there were people all over the place!  We headed over to Fowler Field where all the action was happening, but on the way we noticed a serious pond scum issue at the finish line…ewwww.

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Rubber duck races, aka derby duck races, are actually very popular fundraising events worldwide, but mainly in North America, England and Australia.  Who knew?!  The way it works is that you buy a duck (this race was $5 per duck) with a number on it.  All of the ducks are then dumped into some sort of body of water and the winners get some awesome prizes.  The money is then donated to various charities.  What a great idea!  

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I really was surprised at how big an event this was.  Local radio personalities Chaz and AJ were there, a station was set up where you could paint a duck, along with many local vendors.  

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There was a huge area for kids to play with carnival type games and tons of blow up houses and slides.

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And if you were hungry, there was great food from local restaurants like Joey C’s Roadhouse, Milford Green Pizza and Taste & See Cupcakes.

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There really weren’t a ton of things to do for us, so we grabbed some iced teas and took in one of my favorite past times…people watching.  Festivals like this are so great for that! About 5 min before the race was about to start we got on the VERY crowded pedestrian bridge to watch the race.  And that is where we came across the cutest duck of the day!

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That outfit is seriously ridiculous.  He looks like a cross between a super cute duck and a mop.  Love it.  

Then it was time to release the ducks…in my opinion, the best part.  The front loader full of ducks was escorted by a giant walking duck mascot to the bridge at the top of the Wepawaug River (hey that’s the same river I went hiking along a few weeks ago!) and dumbed them in.  It was a yellow waterfall of ducks and it was hysterical!

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And just like that, they were down the rapids!  The river was moving pretty swiftly from all the rain we had earlier in the week, so it didn’t take very long for them to make their way down.

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There was even a drone flying overhead capturing all the action!

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They passed under the bridge and made their way to the finish line and down the chute. There was a whole committee there to grab the winning ducks.

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The Winner!

The whole race took about 5 minutes, but it was highly entertaining.  It’s not everyday that you get to see people cheering on rubber ducks.  However, it probably should be…imagine how happy everyone would be πŸ™‚

Have you ever been to a duck race?

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