kitchen scribble

April 12, 2013

spring CSA, week 6

Filed under: CSA — kat @ 3:42 pm

I think I’m going to call this the year of the bean sprout. I remember one summer we had green beans from the CSA almost every week, until I was sick of beans and out of bean puns (has-bean, bean there done that, etc). Finally a friend suggested just blanching and freezing them whenever they showed up. It restored my sanity, not having to eat green beans all the time.

This year, it’s bean sprouts, week after week. Good thing we’re in the middle of a good bout of stir-fry weather. When it’s hot outside, no one wants to stand over a hot stove, simmering something for hours. Let’s get the pan hot, cook something quick, and retreat back to where it’s cool.

Week 6 of the spring CSA: bean sprouts, Brussels sprouts, a head of garlic, beets, beautiful red radishes, collard greens, mixed greens, grapefruit, rainbow carrots, eggs, and bread (Great Harvest parmesan sourdough).

spring CSA, week 6

Actually I’ve never cooked collards before, but I’m told they’re very similar to kale. Maybe I’ll make colcannon (thanks to AnnieRie, I now know that you can make colcannon with more than just kale and scallions). Or maybe I’ll go leafing (hah!) through the Lee Bros cookbook, considering they’re Southerners and collards are a Southern staple.

I’m noticing that i somehow managed to face the two orange carrots of the rainbow carrot bunch face up in the group photo. Luckily I took a picture of the carrots arranged at the farm:

rainbow carrot assortment

Aren’t they beautiful?

I was reading an article recently – I don’t remember where – that lamented the fact that when we go shopping, we have an entire aisle of cereals to choose from, but head to the produce section and we get to choose between three types of apples, and if you want cauliflower or carrots, you get whatever the store happens to have. I was an adult before I knew that carrots came in jewel-toned colors, or that you could even grow purple or orange cauliflower. When I go to the farmer’s markets in the fall and see all the different kinds of winter squash, in all shapes and colors and textures, I’m like a kid in a candy store. If we filled a store with many different kinds of fruits and vegetables, how wonderful would that be? How many more people would fall in love with food?

(Impractical, I know, both for shipping and storage. But it makes me sad that most people can probably name fifteen different cereals but less than five types of apples.)

4 Comments »

  1. Ooh, ooh, I can name at least a dozen apple varieties :-)

    I haven’t been my geeky self and taken pictures inside the pick up building, but I should. I love all the piles of fresh veggies. I have been geeky enough outside taking pics of the animals though!

    I also just found a collard and potato frittata recipe that may make its way to dinner Monday or Tuesday.

    Google collard frittata and it pops up. I did a frittata tonight with bacon, onion, Brussels sprouts, cheese, potato and pesto.

    I am saving the collards for a few days, because I was lazy tonight.

    Really, really love this CSA and I joined it because of all your posts the past years, and those lovely pics.

    Thanks!

    Comment by AnnieRie — April 12, 2013 @ 6:08 pm

    • If only the average person could name as many apple varieties as you!

      The collard frittata looks tempting but I went with a standard braise (there were all of two collard recipes in the Lee Bros. book, one an hours-long “Sunday braise” and one a quick “Tuesday braise”. Guess which I picked).

      I’m glad I was able to help tempt you into the CSA. I’m loving your CSA posts. :)

      Comment by kat — April 22, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

  2. I LOVE those carrots! Our Breezy Willow CSA starts in June – we loved our experience with them last year, and I can’t wait for more fresh fruits and veggies in 2013!!

    Comment by Elizabeth @ The Bare Midriff — April 14, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

    • The carrots were stunning. And Breezy Willow is definitely better in the summer! I can’t wait for the fresh summer berries and tomatoes.

      Comment by kat — April 22, 2013 @ 12:53 pm


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