CSA: Week 2

2010/06/17

I will admit it; last week some of the greens from my CSA didn’t get finished. This is partially because we didn’t eat at home a couple nights that we usually do (we had dinner with friends one night and went to a fundraiser the other) and partially because of the perishability of leafy greens. This week, however, there was a bit more variety in the selection, which was nice. I didn’t finish quite all of the arugula, but most everything got eaten.

The haul:
1 medium bunch radishes

  • with butter and salt

2 crowns cauliflower

  • roasted on pizza

1 medium bag broccoli

  • with buckwheat and cheese

1 medium bag ovation greens

  • stir-fried

1 head romaine lettuce

  • salad

1 big bag arugula

  • wilted with indian-inspired fried potatoes

CSA: Week 1

2010/06/07

This year I decided to join a CSA. No, it has nothing to do with Civil War reenactment. Community supported agriculture, CSA for short, is a common practice where farmers sell shares of their crops to people in advance of the harvest. In return, those people get a share of the harvested vegetables every week. While there is risk involved- you are essentially buying your groceries before they are grown- more and more small farms are relying on CSA membership to get by.
The CSA that I joined us called The Lamb’s Quarter, which is based in Maryland, but also sets up a stand at the Alexandria farmers’ market, which is also the location of one of their CSA pickups. Saturday morning of Memorial Day Weekend I picked up my first bunch of vegetables, which consisted of mostly leafy greens. I figure, since I don’t record every single thing I eat on the blog, that I should post a weekly roundup of what I did with the CSA goodies.
Week 1:
1 small bunch radishes

  • Sandwich with butter and salt

1 medium bag mixed lettuces

  • Salads

1 medium bag “ovation greens” (mostly Asian greens and lettuces)

  • Lavash sandwiches with feta and harissa

1 medium bag kale

  • Kale lasagna

1 large bag arugula

  • Scrambled eggs with arugula and ricotta
  • Roasted potatoes with leeks and wilted arugula

2 heads bok choy

  • Kim chi