Tuesday, June 15, 2010

CSA Veggie Haul, Week 2

Our biggest concern about buying a share in the local CSA was whether we'd be able to eat all the wonderful fresh vegetables before they spoil in our fridge.  We've heard stories from other couples who said they failed the test, they couldn't keep up with the fresh veggie madness, it was just too much loot for two people. We felt we were up to the challenge this year. We did a pretty good job last week, but we did have to toss a couple of beautiful heads of leaf lettuce...we just didn't get to them in time to save them. So sad.  I hate wasting food.

Today we got even MORE stuff than last week, but I traded away my lettuce for a nice cooking green since that seems to be more in line with our eating habits. Don't get me wrong, I love a good salad, but for some reason the cooking greens go first. Our haul today included: chard, bok choy, broccoli rabe, turnips, spinach, scallions, snow peas, eggs, and...oh my, garlic scapes! Quite a mighty bounty for the two of us. We love to cook and eat, but that's a tall order when most of it needs to be eaten in three days or so.

Our plan:  we decided to cook more dishes than we normally would each night. So, tonight, we made roasted turnips with garlic, sautéed chard with toasted garlic (2 heads of chard, plus we added in the greens from the turnips) and garlic scape pesto--YUM. Thankfully, there are no vampires living in our apartment, they would not have liked this meal. We served this wonderful lot of veggies with brick chicken (for the Hub) and marinated roasted tofu (for moi). It was all really good, although the pictures were a bit of a disappointment (my attention needed to go to cooking and not photography). Here are a few of the best photos:


garlic scapes, pre-pesto love

Hub's chicken, with turnips, chard and pesto


Unknown said...

If you find you have too much pesto, feel free to send some my way :)

ImplausibleYarn said...

Thats what always stopped me from getting a CSA, the fear that week after week I'd just have a fridge full of slowly rotting vegetables.

stringsofpurls said...

We visit our local Farmer's market every weekend. It's a little more cost effective for me. I fell in love with Swiss Chard and am now growing my own! I have a gift for on my blog today!

Virginia G said...

Ooh, looks good. I'm missing having a CSA thingy this year.