CSA Weeks 5 & 6

2014-07-03 12.47.37

So, as I’ve mentioned before, Hubby Dear and I are remodeling our master bathroom, which really throws me off in the kitchen since I don’t have as much time to take care of our weekly CSA goodies like I normally do. The day I went to the farm for week 5, Hubby Dear started demolition. Week 5 (if I remember correctly), we got:

Spring Onions
Lettuce
Broccoli
Kale
Squash
Snap Peas
Plumcots (hybrid plum/apricot)
Blueberries
Thyme plant

The plan:

* Freeze the onions. I’ve never done this before. I separated the white parts from the greens, sliced the white part and put it in a zip top bag. For the green parts, I sliced them up, spread them out on parchment paper and allowed them to freeze individually (so they didn’t clump together), and then put them in a zip top bag. I plan to use those for soups this winter since they won’t hold their crunch after being frozen. Hope it works!!
* Use kale in salad and smoothies.
*Cut the squash in half, lengthwise, and grill.
* Use snap peas in salad, or to just pick up and eat.
* We ate all of the plumcots.
* Blueberries- we ate some, and I picked extra this week and froze them, 1/2 lb. at a time, in zip top bags. Use a straw to suck the air out of the bags before freezing.
* We planted the Thyme.

2014-07-10 13.46.39

Week 6 CSA, we are still trying to finish up our bathroom, but here’s what we got:

Squash
Cucumbers
Garlic Scapes
Red and Yellow Plums
Beets with tops
Peaches
Broccoli
Potatoes
Spring Onions
Purslane Plant

Here’s the plan:

* Cook the squash, onions and garlic scapes together in a skillet with some added cornmeal for crunch. Season with salt, pepper and paprika. Use plenty of fats for the pan so it doesn’t stick.
* Roast the beets and eat as a side dish. Boy Child LOVES beets. Tops can be used in salad.
* Potatoes I will cook with green beans from my garden. One my ALL TIME FAVORITES in the summer!! Fresh green beans cooked with potatoes. Mmmmmm……
* We will probably just eat these peaches. I will pick extra next week to freeze.
* We will probably eat these plums too. If I had time I would make a plum tart, or sometimes I make a “stone fruit sorbet” out of plums/peaches/apricots, whatever I get at the farm. But time is not on my side this weekend.
* The purslane plant…. hmmm…. honestly, I’ve never heard of this before. Really. Have no idea what to do with it. They say it is super good for you and has a lemon pepper taste and is good in salads. So I will plant it in a container outside and we’ll see what happens.
* Broccoli will go in Coconut Chicken Casserole.
* Cucumbers we will use in salads, or this:

2014-07-10 14.17.57

Ever hear of the phrase “cool as a cucumber?” I never really understood it until I drank cucumber infused water. With some mint added in there, this is probably THE most refreshing summer drink, EVER. Slice a cucumber, toss in some mint (which I have in my garden), let it sit in some water in the fridge for a few hours, and you have yourself hydration refreshment in a glass. Perfect for us DIYers at work!

About these ads

2 thoughts on “CSA Weeks 5 & 6

  1. What a great CSA – the mix you get sounds awesome. I, too, love the cucumber mint -infused water. Just to share, I enjoy sauteing beet tops with garlic, since it cooks much like chard (stems go in first, since they are a little tougher). As for the purslane plant, this is a native plant (weed to some), which can be thought of as a super spinach. Our family typically ate it slightly cooked (like spinach), and add a touch of soy sauce. Lots of iron and vitamin C, if I recall. It can take over a garden (with its seeds and stems), so keeping it in the container is a great idea (unless you love it)! Here is an extension bulletin that talks about the plant. https://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/homeowners/050804.html
    Enjoy, and hope your bathroom renovation continues going smoothly!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s