CSA Week 4

Lots of green this week, but also more variety. In addition to the usual pac choi, romaine lettuce, strawberries and green onions, we also got some beautiful kale, zucchini and fresh dill. I’m planning on making zucchini bread for breakfast using a recipe from a new cookbook that I just got (I’ll be writing about that soon) and I made a delicious strawberry cake last night using the strawberries (expect a post on that, too).

Hope everyone is well and enjoying the long weekend!

CSA Week 3

This week’s CSA pickup proved to be more of the same as the previous week, but with the addition of green onions. I’m really hoping that the share starts to change up a bit in the next few weeks because I’m finding it difficult to create entire meals out of what I have, which was my initial plan going into this. But still, check out the beautiful purple color on those radishes! Gorgeous!

I do plan on making stir-fry tomorrow with the pac choi from last week and the soy sauce I received a couple of weeks ago. I’ll be sure to write a post for it this weekend.

Happy Friday!

CSA Week 2

Now that the rain has let up, this week’s CSA proved to be an improvement over the first week in both volume and variety. This week, we received radishes, strawberries, pac choi, braising greens and two heads of lettuce.

I’ve only eaten radishes raw, but the weekly Grasshopper’s CSA newsletter included a recipe for braised radishes and greens, so I think I’m going to try that. As for the strawberries, I’m thinking of making cupcakes with them. Either that, or throw them in a salad using the lettuce heads. I’ll be sure to post pictures and recipes as I make the dishes.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear your suggestions for my CSA bounty.

I hope you’re having a great week!

CSA Week 1

For years, my husband and I have been wanting to participate in a CSA program. This year, we finally took the plunge and went with a more well-known CSA here in Louisville, Grasshoppers Distribution. This past week was our first pickup for the spring/summer growing season. I was really curious as to what we’d find in our produce box because it has been raining like crazy here in Kentucky. Sadly, the first pickup was a little disappointing, but, hey, that’s the chance you take with a CSA. But I really liked that they supplemented our box with a couple of locally made products: Bluegrass Soy Sauce from Bourbon Barrel Foods and fresh-made salsa from Eco Gardens in Scottsville, Kentucky.

In addition to the packaged products, our box included spring greens, strawberries and green garlic, which I’ve never used before. I found a risotto recipe that included green garlic, so I might try that. Either that, or I might put it on a pizza I’m planning on making this week. If you have any ideas for the green garlic, I’d appreciate any suggestions you might have.

I’ve already put the strawberries to good use as you can see below. Today is Derby Day here in Louisville, and while I’m not a fan of horse racing, I still like to use the day as an excuse to celebrate and to be a little decadent. For breakfast this morning, I made chocolate chip pancakes with cinnamon, strawberries and soy whipped cream.