CSA Share – Week 2

This week’s share was much the same as last week’s – it will probably continue this way until the weather changes. (Come on sun – it’s almost July here!)

This week I was excited to open our bag and find kale!  Kale is a big favorite in my household because my husband absolutely loves Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana.  We eat out more than we should, but we eat at Olive Garden very rarely.  However, I found this great recipe for the soup, and with a few alterations it becomes a fantastically nourishing meal – I substitute homemade chicken bone broth or stock for bouillon cubes, whole raw milk for heavy cream, and make sure to used pastured bacon and sausage.

It’s a great winter soup – there is kale available late into the fall and it starts showing up as soon as the markets open in the spring (this year I’ll be trying to grow my own!), potatoes store well, and we keep a stock of the sausage in the freezer.  I honestly wouldn’t have imagined I’d still be eating it in late June!  That’s ok by me though Smile.

The Share

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Strawberries
Mint (many herbs, choice was ours)
Green onions
Kale
Lettuce
Asparagus
Beets

The Garden

One (1!) strawberry.  Hah!

The Meals

We ended up with a lot of leftovers from family and derby shenanigans over the weekend, so there’s lots of eating of those to come.  Otherwise…

  • Zuppa Toscana!
  • Roast lamb with asparagus and beets (not a repeat, we didn’t end up eating it last week)
  • Burrito bowls with veggies
  • Salad with veggies & quinoa
  • Baked oatmeal and strawberries

I’ll probably also try a shredded beet salad.  Anyone have a good recipe?  Not anticipating any co-op or farmers market supplementary purchases this week – the fridge is packed full!

What’s in your box or garden this week?  What’s on your menu?

4 Responses to CSA Share – Week 2
  1. Mil
    June 30, 2011 | 9:15 pm

    You are making me hungry!! Will you tell me what burrito bowls are? We make all kinds of stir fries and use quinoa as the base instead of rice.

    Wish I could make the soup, but the partner is vegetarian. She was gone a couple weeks ago and that’s when I made my hamburger and rib-eye steak. All pastured, of course!

    Seems like you are doing ok with your own food scene there.

    • Jess
      July 2, 2011 | 8:00 pm

      I love making stir fry! I use them as a fridge cleanout meal, kind of like a casserole but tastier (since I really don’t like casseroles). I’ve also figured out that I can use eggrolls that way – pretty much any combo of veggies, some kind of leftover protein, wrap, done. Fridge clean.

      A burrito bowl is basically a burrito in a bowl – sometimes I eat it with chips, sometimes a tortilla, sometimes just with a fork :D . I pre-cook all of the ingredients in big batches so then we can just assemble our own, pack them for work or whatever and it only takes about 5 minutes.

      Yum! I use DH vacations to eat food he doesn’t eat too – beans, tomatoes, and… vegetarian meals :P . I used to be vegan, and I’m still gradually sneaking in less meat-centric versions of the things he’s used to eating. Definitely a work in progress though.

  2. Clare Delaney
    July 3, 2011 | 1:10 pm

    I enjoy reading about your CSA ‘harvests’, it’s an interesting concept. We don’t have them in the tiny tropical island of Mauritius, but a very local veggie stand is never too far away from anywhere. Definitely fully seasonal – no imports at these stalls!
    Please continue to let us know what you get from CSA and your garden!

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    • Jess
      July 5, 2011 | 12:58 pm

      Thanks so much for your comment! Fascinating – I am reading a book right now that is discussing how post-Soviet Cuba went back to truly being an island in terms of food imports.

      Do you find that living on an island ends up being truly like living on an island in terms of imported processed food as well? I find that processed food here is ubiquitous. It’s so hard to get away from it, especially when you first start trying to change the way you eat.

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