CSA Week 1

Jun. 14th, 2012 03:24 pm
lucianus: (melons)
The new CSA season is upon us! I have signed up for the same one as last year and am again very pleased at what arrived in the box yesterday. The haul included:

Lettuce
Garlic Scapes
Broccoli
Spinach
Hakurei Turnips
Collards
Bok Choi
Arugula
Kale

CSA Week 9

Aug. 26th, 2011 02:59 pm
lucianus: (melons)
Another box of bounty this week whose contents included:
 
Cucumbers
Serrano and jalapeno peppers
Sweet peppers in white and purple
Leeks (2)
Bunch of radishes
Bunch of Swiss chard
Mustard greens
Potatoes
Carrots
Tomatoes (2 huge ones)
Beets
Bunch of watercress
Garlic (1 lg head)
Zucchini
Apples (2)
 
The farm always includes a little newsletter in the box and this week they had a very interesting recipe that I wanted to share. I haven’t made it yet, but plan to.
 
Sautéed Watercress with Dates and Grains
 
1 cup of your favorite grain (cooked)
2 T of chopped walnuts, toasted
6 t walnut of olive oil
2 shallots, chopped
1 T garlic, finely chopped
1 bunch watercress, tough stems removed
1/3 c pitted dates
4 t white wine vinegar
2 T water
½ t salt
 
Prepare grains and walnuts. Sauté shallots until they begin to brown, add garlic, cook for about 15 seconds and then add the cress, dates and water and cook until the water is evaporated and the pan is dry (about 4 min). Stir in vinegar, salt and the grains, cook until heated through (about 1 min), remove from the heat and serve.
 
This week’s cukes along with those from the past several weeks are going to be processed into sweet pickle relish, yum! The garlic along with that from previous weeks is going to become a hot pepper and roasted garlic spread. I got some corn at the farmer’s market yesterday and will process some of that into some corn relish. Today I got some mangoes and will process them and some of my huge supply of habanero peppers into a Jamaican style relish.
 
Sense a theme here?
 
Yes, this weekend will be canning time!

CSA Week 5

Jul. 14th, 2011 12:03 pm
lucianus: (melons)
This week was the fiesta of root veg.

Beets
Carrots
Garlic
Spring onions (with large globes)
Kale
Mint
And a container of RASPBERRIES!

CSA week 1

Jun. 18th, 2011 10:21 pm
lucianus: (melons)
 A tip of the hat to [livejournal.com profile] loosecannon for the idea of listing the weekly contents of the box, thank you!

This year we are again getting our share from ReVision Urban Farm, which farms about an acre of city land in Dorchester, MA. I was extremely pleased with last year's share and this year seems off to a great start. The contents were:

1 huge head of napa cabbage
1 large head of bok choy
1 large head of leaf lettuce
1 bunch of mint
1 bunch of cilantro
1 bunch of spinach
1 spring garlic
1 bunch of radishes (with their greens)
1 bunch of dinosaur kale 

I cooked up the napa with ground pork and radishes this morning and froze it in 1 dinner sized bags. We will use it to make Chinese dumplings. I plan to cook up the bok choy for dinner tomorrow in some sort of brothy dish with some chopped meat, I'll have to see how the spirit moves me on that. We'll have salad of some of the lettuce. I'm holding onto the kale until the next installment. There isn't quite enough to make a big pot of brothy dish but I expect more will come on Wednesday.

This year ReVision farm is partnering with JP's own Allendale Farm for some of their produce. A good deal for all of us because it lets us support what I think of as our neighborhood farm. 

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