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 Post subject: CSA 2016!
PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2016 9:30 am 
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I couldn't find a thread for this year and I just picked up my first CSA bag of the season last weekend, so I thought I'd start one.

Let's compare & contrast & be envious & share recipe ideas & have some fun! Who's with me?

We started off (a bit lightly) with:

~a big 'ol canvas bag with our CSA name printed on it (I love bags, especially canvas, so I was pretty jazzed about this. It should save so many paper grocery bags they used last year.)
~purple baby bok choy
~pea shoots
~french breakfast radishes
~oyster mushrooms (I just really love the fact that two of our farmers mainly focus on mushrooms)
~spring onions

So far the weather around here seems less temperamental than last year, so I'm hoping for a better harvest. Also hoping they've learned how to protect the food from deer!

We're using the pea shoots & radishes on avocado toast for breakfasts. The oyster mushrooms went into tacos last night, along with some local lettuce we picked up. The bok choy will be sauteed with garlic for a pasta side dish and the onions are going into said pasta with some asparagus.

I always wish I could afford a bigger share because I want all the fresh produce. The kale, the lettuces, more mushrooms (!), but I feel grateful that we are able to participate at all.

I'd love to see what everyone else is receiving. I'll be sharing pics of my haul, alongside too many dish/recipe pics on my Instagram in case anyone's interested: https://www.instagram.com/bluecat_forest/

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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2016!
PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2016 9:04 am 
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Those veggies and recipes sound delicious, Zula. That garlic-bok choy pasta dish is making me super hungry!

I lurk on the CSA thread every year. Maybe next year I'll get a CSA too!


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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2016!
PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 5:10 pm 
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2nd week of goodies:

~Baby romaine (never gotten this before!)
~Mixed salad greens (green & red sails lettuce, mustard, mizuna)
~Baby kale
~Easter egg radishes
~Cilantro
~Green garlic

The romaine & kale went into taco salads for lunches this week. The cilantro went into the cilantro lime dressing from Salad Samurai for the salads. The mixed greens & radishes will just be side salads next to pesto mac 'n cheese from Chloe's Italian book, but I'll be making green garlic pesto.

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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2016!
PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 3:28 pm 
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Sounds awesome! Up here in the frozen tundra, I have to wait another month for my CSA to start. But your haul is making me excited!

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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2016!
PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 8:40 pm 
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My CSA starts in June, too. I'm excited although it's been a lot more work putting together the CSA this year.. we almost didn't have a place to do distribution. But now that location is taken care of, I'm starting to feel excitement instead of stress for the upcoming season!

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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2016!
PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2016 11:37 am 
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Yay! You can sit back & enjoy the spoils of the seasons. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2016!
PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2016 3:49 pm 
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So 3rd week was spring onions, 2 heads of lettuce, baby kale, cilantro, oyster mushrooms and braising mix of bok choy, mizuna & kale.

This past weekend was: https://www.instagram.com/p/BFwUCttHPTV/

~2 heads of lettuce (we got to pick our own, so I got green & red)
~2 bunches of kale (", so I chose red Russian & Toscano)
~Swiss chard
~baby beets
~oregano
~oyster mushrooms

They also had chocolate mint, cilantro, kohlrabi and turnips to choose from, so it looks like the variety is pretty good already.

I'm getting antsy for some big 'ol dinner salads, so I'm hoping the heads of lettuce will start to get a lot bigger.

Let's see...the lettuces went into side salads next to pizza (which the mushrooms used), the swiss chard went into goulash and the rest went with leftover lettuce for chard salads next to the goulash, all the kale was a tomato soup topping, the oregano went into edamame & pea pesto from Protein Ninja & finally beets will of course be consumed in delicious, delicious beet burgers this weekend.

I can't wait to start seeing everyone else's csa loot. :)

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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2016!
PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2016 9:08 pm 
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My CSA options won't start for a couple of weeks. I'm getting really antsy!

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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2016!
PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:46 am 
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We've had two weeks so far, and they've both been heavy on greens (hooray!). First week was arugula, spinach, turnips, bok choy, tatsoi, and kale. Second week was spinach, snap peas, lettuce, beets, collard greens, and radishes. I've made a couple of fancy salads and am using the beets in veggie burgers today.

Fruit starts next week and it's almost strawberry season, so I'm excited for that too.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 1:22 pm 
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Let's see, week before was lettuce mix, swiss chard, head lettuce, summer squash, easter egg radishes & red russian kale.

This past weekend was speckled lettuce, kohlrabi, fennel, turnips (pink & Japanese harukei), red russian kale, and some big 'ol onions. We also bought a lot at the market because it all looked so good!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BGPHe8unPcd/

The fennel went into a lovely white bean primavera sauce from More Quick Fix Vegan.
I broke down & bought a spiralizer, and we had some fun with summer squash & kohlrabi. The squash noodle dish was this: http://heatherchristo.com/2016/05/05/sp ... -giveaway/, which I highly recommend. https://www.instagram.com/p/BGTCISFnPXK/

Also, used the turnips in this: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/ ... iso-354957 and it was insanely good.

I'm getting antsy for summer produce now!

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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2016!
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 9:37 am 
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This past week we had:

~Harukei turnips
~Beets
~Zucchini
~Cilantro
~Lettuce Mix
~Swiss Chard

Not too different, but I guess the greens are slowly making their way out.

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 Post subject: Re: CSA 2016!
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This last week we had kale, spinach, lettuce, turnips, snap peas, shell peas, and garlic scapes (!!!). And strawberries for fruit!

I love greens, so these early weeks have been great.

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Picked up my first share last night! Asparagus, strawberries, red lettuce, kale, spinach, tomato and rhubarb.

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Yay! Other people! Those shares sound great I've never had rhubarb and would love to try it.

This week we received fennel, collards, lots of basil, kale, safari zucchinis, cucumbers and a big surprise of blueberries!

The zukes are getting spiraled for marinara, the cukes are being snacked on with hummus, a bit of the kale went into a chickpea salad/spread and the rest will be a cheezy side dish. The fennel will be paired with apple for a salad or maybe roasted. I'm going to try my hand at a collard/basil pesto and the blueberries went into muffins from Protein Ninja.

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Last weekend we got cherry tomatoes, onions, fresh coriander, blueberries, cucumbers & an eggplant.

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A huge romaine, huge broccoli, tomato, zucchini, sweet yellow onion, and a big asparagus basket of strawberries.

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Celery, cherry tomatoes, red kale, collards, blueberries & one big eggplant.

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They're throwing some variety at us:

2 weeks ago: Scallions, garlic, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, okra, cantaloupe
Last week: Tomatoes, scallions, huge garlic, sunflower sprouts, blackberries, long green eggplants & a butternut squash

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