Wednesday, July 14, 2010

First CSA Share!!

I picked up our first CSA share today!! I'm so excited about doing this!! The box today included carrots, beets, cabbage, fennel, banana pepper, tomatoes, lemon cucumber, cucumber, scallions, white radish, thai basil, sage, oregano, chives, st. john's wort & sunflowers! We also got 10 lbs of meat & a dozen eggs. The meat was a one-time purchase & we'll get more when we run out. The eggs are a weekly thing.

Tonight I made a vegetable soup with some frozen vegetables I'd already gotten, but I added the carrots from the share & some fresh oregano! Lewis said it was the best vegetable soup I've ever made!! The fresh carrots & herbs definitely added some extra flavor that you just don't get from frozen veggies.

Tomorrow, I'm going to make a Fennel, Bean & Pasta Salad with a recipe that was included in the newsletter the farm provided to us. Here's the recipe:
Fennel bulb, remove leafy tops & reserve
1 small onion
olive oil
1 can kidney beans
2-3 cups cooked pasta
1 tsp lemon pepper

Thinly slice fennel bulb & onion, saute in olive oil. Chop reserved fennel tops & add to cooked mixture with remaining ingredients. Serve chilled.

Now I'm trying to find recipes to include my beets, radishes, banana peppers & cabbage. Any tips?? I am determined to cook all of our food we got! None of it will go to waste!! I also wanted to share with you what we do & how we do it! Maybe if people see how we use all the veggies & herbs we get, then they'll be interested in finding their own local CSAs!

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Jill said...

Good for you! I have been reading so much about these CSA shares. Awesome.

Mommyfriend Lori said...

So cool, I'm totally impressed! Great idea, great food and so healthy.

adriel, from the mommyhood memos said...

this is such a great find! love that it's working out for you... i made a tasty tortilla soup this week... wonder how much better it would have been with your veggies???

Lilac City Momma said...

awesome! we have a couple csa's we looked at. i wanna try for it next year!

Sparkling Adventures said...

What about making a chutney with the beets, peppers and radishes?

Maria said...

Gotta love a CSA! Glad you have yours now!

Radishes are a tough one. I used them in my turkey lettuce wraps, but I also made a radish-cauliflower salad.

You could make some yummy buttermilk coleslaw with that cabbage!

Maria said...

I don't know if you like hummus, but this looks like a good recipe for beet hummus

HMCinCali said...

OMG reading your blog about CSA and I just remembered that I need to pick up my box - YESTERDAY! Yikes I'm out the door, maybe it will still be there...

TV's Take said...

That all looks amazing and what a great motivator to use it all up! I'd suggest a beet salad with goat cheese, yum! Enjoy and have a great night

~Lisa~ said...

I love that you're doing this. And the spread was pretty good. Keep me posted I may want to try one in our area. And I love Vegetable soup. How did the fennel salad turn out?

C.McKane said...

Every year I say I'm going to do this but then summer is over and I still haven't looked for nearby co-ops.
Thanks for sharing the link I'll check it out (for next summer)!

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