Thursday, August 07, 2008

Another Week at the CSA

I know I've said similar things before, but it really is nice to be bringing home fresh fruit and veggies that are grown where I can actually watch them mature before they're picked. This week's pickup included:

  • 0.65 lb. Swiss chard
  • 1 head lettuce
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 small bunch scallions
  • 0.9 lb. red potatoes
  • 0.9 lb. tomatoes (1 large)
  • 0.85 lb. zucchini (1 large)
  • 2 small beets (1 donated by an anonymous beet-hater)
  • 2 sprigs basil, 1 sprig sage, 2 sprigs oregano
  • a little more than a pint of blackberries
I got to pick my own blackberries again, and on my way to the patch I passed flowering zucchini plants (it was all I could do not to pick some of the blossoms for stuffing, frying, or stuffing and frying), ripening tomatoes, a raspberry patch, and various as-yet unidentifiable plants that haven't started producing their fruits. So much is still to come: cucumbers, peppers, beans, more berries, sweet potatoes, and yes, more kale. Each week I wait with bated breath to find out what I'll be taking home. And even when the haul is a little smaller than I expected, it's still exciting to put my bag of produce in my car and slowly drive past the fields where it all grew.


Anonymous said...

I am so jealous of your CSA! Visiting the farm, picking your own, and getting a large bundle of food each week sounds wonderful. I really need to convince my husband that we should join one.
As for the squash blossoms, they are really tasty, but they can be tough to work with (since they're so delicate). I don't know how Foodie Tots got hers to look so pretty!

Ami said...

Tiffany - Obviously my vote is for the CSA. This is my first year, and I don't think I'll ever stop. I absolutely love it. :)

Joanne said...

Don't you love it? Nothing beats fresh from the earth fruits and veggies. Fresh tomatoes, cukes? Bring on the olive oil and sea salt! I have a small garden and feel the same way, watching it all grow, knowing how pure it all is.

Meryl said...

I am completely jealous of the CSA goodies. I always miss the sign up deadline for the one that's local, but I'm going to have to renew my efforts next Spring!

Ami said...

Joanne - I do love it. The best part is getting creative with it all and making some great (and not so great) new dishes. If only I had time to do more of that.

Meryl - It took me about four years of interest to finally remember in time to sign up. I'd always think about it in January and then forget by March. :)

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