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CSA Box 6 for 11/22/2008

CSA Box 6
CSA Box 6 for 11/22/2008

Included in the box:

  • red cabbage
  • carrots
  • daikon
  • cilantro
  • specialty onion mix
  • kohlrabi
  • red potatoes
  • chard
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • persimmon

The cabbage may become part of some eggrolls. The daikon will get tossed into eggrolls too, what I don’t eat in a salad. B could eat nothing but cilantro, I’d be surprised if I get any or if there is any left today.

The specialty onion mix has been fun. I’ve tossed them into a few things. I roasted brussel sprouts with the red potatoes and tossed some chunks of the onion in there. Drizzled some lemon butter after it was all done with some salt and pepper, mmmmm.

Also used them in Winter squash, chevre and black bean manicotti, with white sauce, which I’ll post pictures of later. The onions are great, even though I honestly don’t know what kind they are.

The kohlrabi will be a snack, I just can’t bring myself to eat more salad right now.

The chard is beautiful, and I’m going to cook it with some garlic, onion and feta and brown rice for dinner tonight.

Both B and I are suspicious of the persimmons, having never had them. I’m glad Groundwork Organics sent instructions on how to eat them. We are going to try one today, I’ll let you know how it turns out. I’m not sure why they have a funny glow in the picture.

I’ve said it a few thousand times, but I love my new oven/stove. We upgraded to gas, and I’m loving cooking again, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Sophie also reminded us this week that we have only two more boxes until the end of this year’s Fall farmshare. I can remember years where I was completely worn out with trying to keep up with using the boxes and happy to see it end; this year, I know already that we will miss it terribly until the summer one starts up again. Thanks again, Groundwork Organics, we can’t wait to see what you bring us next summer!

CSA box 5 for 11/15/2008

CSA Box 5
CSA Box 5 for 11/15/2008

Included:

  • Red Leaf Lettuce
  • Arugula
  • Carrots
  • Copra Onions
  • Collard Greens
  • Romanesco
  • Fingerling potatoes
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Braeburn Apples

Most of the longer lasting vegetables were saved for after the stove was installed. The lettuce and peppers were eaten in tortilla wraps. The apples were eaten on walks.

No meal pictures, I was too down about not being able to cook on a stove or oven.

Today’s CSA box

CSA  box for October 18, 2008
CSA box from Groundwork Organics for October 18

Already I am soooo much happier with this CSA.

Contents of the box are:

  • Salad mix
  • Carrots
  • Rainbow Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Copra Onion
  • Cilantro
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Butterball Potatoes
  • Leeks
  • Butternut Squash
  • Raspberries!

My dinner ideas so far are broccoli cashew tofu, linguine with roasted sweet pepper sauce, chevre and leek tart, and I’m going to try the gingery carrot soup they included in the newsletter. Raspberries will get eaten today, plain, and I’m not sure what I want to do with the squash yet (mostly because we made black bean and butternut squash empenadas last night, so I’m not feeling squash-creative).

Beets, alas, will find a new home. We’ve tried tons of recipes, and made ourselves try to like them for five years, so I’ve given up. Neither Brian or I like beets. That’s the way it is.

It’s great, this CSA commits us to go to the Farmers’ Market at PSU for the rest of the year, and as I’ve said, I sometimes need prodding to get moving on a Saturday morning. And on top of that, the first box was completely glorious.

Inspired by A Good Appetite, I’ve decided to try to post pictures of our boxes, and what I do with them. I’ll see how far I get, but maybe I’ll build up some more recipes on here.

Fooooood

Zucchini
Zucchinis at the PSU farmers’ market.

I just found a blog based on the meals created by using up the food in the CSA box from my former (and sorely missed) farmer Harmony Valley (Richard, do you think you could move to Oregon, please?). I love the idea. One of the best things about being a CSA member is creatively coming up with recipes to use up everything in your box before it goes bad. It is always a scramble to get through even just the items you love, much less incorporating the ones you dislike.

I’ve not been happy with our current CSA, which is wrapping up. Many of the items have been damaged or old by the time they’ve come to us. A number of them have tasted worse than what I’d get in the grocery store. For a while, Brian and I were calling it the lettuce & cucumber share, which is super problematic (while I like greens and herb mixes, I hate lettuce, and am quickly bored by cucumbers). There have been entire weeks where I haven’t been excited by even one vegetable in the bag I’m getting from the CSA. But it was cheap, and you have to start somewhere to find a CSA you like.

Our new farmshare starts in October. We are doing a fall CSA to try out our favorite farmers at the PSU farmers’ market, Groundwork Organics. Can’t wait to start it, and it makes me go to the farmers’ market for the rest of the year which is awesome. I’m thinking that I’ll start posting things on here as I use up the box from them – it’ll motivate me to improve my plating, which is definitely my weakest aspect of cooking (and if I had to choose between plating and taste, I’d still choose taste).

Still no camera cord or battery in sight, so I’ve been pretty quiet. Back to unpacking / looking for the cord.