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
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!