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CSA Chronicles Week 1

Monday, May 6, 2013

This year is our third year participating in a CSA, which stands for Community Supported Agriculture. What this means is that we get a share of locally grown produce every week. Our farmer’s name is Laura and she delivers our vegetables weekly on Tuesdays. I thought I’d try out doing a little blog series on our vegetables and what we do with them each week.

What We Received:

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Our farmer says: “This distinctive leafy green has a taste some adore and some ...well, not so much.  Arugula lovers will enjoy it raw in salad.  If the flavor is a bit much for you, try tossing it with some hot pasta, olive oil, lemon juice and grated cheese.”

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Our farmer says: “This is a super seasonal, super tender lettuce. When the heat comes it goes, but for now it is great.  Great for salads and lettuce wraps.”

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Our farmer says: “A mix of French breakfast and pink beauty radishes. Mild, crisp and juicy. They will come without tops, as they tend to dehydrate quickly when the greens remain attached.”

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Our farmer says: “Big, white stemmed Asian green. The leaves are tasty raw or lightly cooked, but the stems are my favorite part.  Super in stir-frys, fried rice, or just eaten raw like a mild, stringless celery.”

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Our farmer says: “These thick, ‘strap’ chives are great in scrambled eggs or in stir-frys.”

What We Cooked:

Dave cooked up the arugula with onions and tomatoes. We ate it with pasta and with cheese on top.
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I used the radishes together with the lettuce to make a salad.
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And we haven’t used the other veggies yet! I debated on what I should do here – wait until later to post this since we may use the pac choi (aka bok choy) with dinner, or just end the post here. I decided I should end here, but I will include any meals using these veggies on next week’s CSA post.

Who else is part of a CSA? Do you want to do something similar and start a link up of our CSA goodies each week? Let me know!