A few weeks ago, a friend from the gym reached out to me ... for something totally unexpected. It turned out that she was going on a multi-week road trip with her family, and needed someone to dump her 1/2 share CSA on while she was gone.
Say what? Fresh grown produce?
Of course I'm down!
And so, Friday 6/27 I received this beautiful bounty (queue singing angels):
In case you're wondering, that is an assortment of: Kale, Panisse Head Lettuce, Pac Choi, Vitamin Greens, Cilantro, Summer Squash, Scallions, Kohlrabis, and Spinach.
Ok, ok. Let's back track a second. The above is a photo of a FULL SHARE of from the CSA. I was willed a HALF SHARE. Imagine the above cut in half (and missing the spinach, which I'm guessing I didn't get due to a bum crop or something). And FYI, I'm not belittling the size of my share - it was very generous and definitely plenty for my husband and I to eat before it would end up going bad anyway.
So, what did I do with all this goodness? Well, here goes!
- Made a wonderful salad of panisse head lettuce, turkey, blue cheese crumbles and a yogurt based Blue Cheese salad dressing made by Bolthouse Farms (read more about that dressing here)
- Using this recipe as a jumping point, I asked my husband to use the bok choy in a chicken stir fry (served with rice). Despite seeming amazingly simple, this turned out to be quite delicious. I would actually make it again, and expect it to become part of my usual dinner rotation
- Made a dinner of grilled brats served with steamed/sautéed vitamin greens with garlic, and kohlrabi sliced and grilled with a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper
**note - I recommend peeling the kohlrabi prior to grilling,
the skin was a little tough/woody and was not very appetizing
- Finished off the summer squash and scallions by tossing them in olive oil and Italian seasoning and grilling them in a basket
- Had a breakfast smoothie that included ALL of the kale, a banana, a green apple, hydrated chia seeds, 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk and two heaping spoonfuls of natural peanut butter,
And that was it! In pretty much 5 days, everything was gone.
Amazingly, nothing went bad before we could use it (except the cilantro, which unfortunately didn't fair well and was already wilted day 2). I was truly worried about using everything before it went bad - and quite honestly that is why I've never signed up for a CSA before. But, obviously, that was NOT a problem.
I think it really says something about how much my diet has changed over the last 5 years that I could eat all that produce and then some in a week, and have no problem doing it.
I'm already looking forward to week 2, and wonder what I'll get this time! More to follow...
PS: Read more about the CSA origins at Easy Bean Farm by checking out their website or Facebook page.