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Delivery: Week 3
June 23, 2010

This was delivered on June 16th.

Due to a number of factors, I didn’t take a picture of this week’s delivery!

But we got:

  • Collards
  • 2 beets with tops
  • 3 small heads of broccoli
  • Cilantro plant
  • Red Leaf Lettuce

Right now we are overwhelmed with greens!  Niether John nor I have ever been big eaters of greens, cooked or raw, and the kale from the first week’s delivery took us a few weeks to finish…and because my sister gave me back some swiss chard, and this week’s delivery of collard greens, it’s all a little overwhelming.  I may give the collards away – I just can’t handle this many of them!

Delivery: Week 2
June 23, 2010

Please make no notice of the dates, here…between being gone for vacation, different family events, and a wedding, I haven’t had time or energy to post, but I’ve been collecting stuff!  This delivery happened on June 9th.

The CSA delivery was made!  John dropped it off and the fun begins.  First of all, this swiss chard…I have enough to feed like a farm of rabbits.  I think rabbits eat lettuce?  At any rate…I have no clue what I am going to do with that.  I think I’m going to save the plant chive thing for Jill because she should have that and plant it.  It won’t make it long at my house!  And at the bottom of the box which you couldn’t see I got a small thing of strawberries…those are already gone.  Yum!  There was also another bag of greens but it had a bug in it.  AHH…I don’t think that was supposed to be part of the delivery.  I’m already not sure about this week, but I think I can at least do something with the green onions.  I’m on it…

Out on vacation – we have a guest blogger!
June 9, 2010

So, I’m leaving this afternoon for Disney world, and our second CSA delivery is today.  After talking with my sister on the phone about it, and her exclaiming what a good idea it is and how she should try it, I had a brain wave…maybe SHE should take over the CSA delivery for this week!  It would give her a chance to try out what it’s like to get the farm delivery of new and unusual foods, and it would keep me on schedule for the blog.  I called her up, and she agreed!  So, with no further ado, here she is!

Well this week I have received a very big honor that I am completely unqualified for.  I am the recipient of Jill’s next CSA shipment AND have to take a picture AND figure out what to do with everything!  (Jill’s out of town this week at Disney with her hubby!)  I am Jill’s “not so domestic” sister and also the “almost burned down my house reheating chips in the toaster” sister.  So needless to say I am a little nervous about this task…
 
So Jill forwarded me what I will be receiving this week.  Here’s the list. 
 
CSA Delivery for June 8-13,  2010
This week’s boxes will include:
chives (plant or snip to use in your chard wrap!)
swiss chard
green onions
mixed greens such as arugla, red mustard, and yukina savoy~ These are spicy so are great to combine with ice berg  or green leaf lettuces for an incredible salad.  ”
 
So of course…right of the bat I’m thinking…swiss chard…swiss cheese..same thing right?!  I love swiss cheese!  But then it mentions something about putting chives in a chard wrap…huh?  A cheese wrap?  Maybe that could work…but somehow this can’t be right.  And spicy lettuce…what in the world? Ugh…I’ve never heard of such a thing.  I’m in trouble for sure.  I’m definitely going to need to seek wise counsel this week.  Does Mickey Mouse make house calls?

Delivery: Week 1
June 2, 2010

This is our half-share from week one.  A large pile of kale, big bundle of spring onions,  a bag of lettuce (looks like green leaf or butter), a teeny tiny dill plant (that I’m very excited about, as I’ve been wanting to plant dill) and a small package of strawberries. Overall, it looks promising – I was worried it would be an overwhelming amount, but this amount seems just about right. 

 The strawberries we won’t have a problem using – I could eat them right now, but I’ll wait and share with my husband.  I was surprised we got any – I heard the growing season wasn’t going to be very long, and the farm had a big strawberry festival this weekend.  The lettuce won’t be hard to use either.  Salads we definitely know how to eat.  The spring onions – well, I know I can use those in stir fry, and perhaps in a pasta salad.  I’ll have to see what else I can use those in. 

The kale presents the biggest challenge.  There’s a lot of it.  And I’ve never been big into eating lots of cooked greens.  I suppose I can use some of it in a soup, like a minestrone – heck, I really don’t know what to do with it.  Time to start searching recipes!

(I know the picture is horrible – it was my cellphone camera.  I’ll use a better camera next week.)

It’s a start…
June 2, 2010

For a long time now, I’ve been thinking about how the basic things that I do every day – the clothes that I wear, the car that I drive, the food that I eat – impact the world in a negatively.  Everything that is easily available to me to wear was most likely made in a sweatshop.  My car eats oil and produces pollution.  The produce that I eat is genetically engineered, grown in massive factory farms with massive amounts of pesticides, and shipped thousands of  miles.  And the meat – animals living their lives in misery so that I can have a cheap steak. But it just seems so impossible to do anything differently.

This is what has been percolating in me for the past 5 or so years.  My motto in life has been “do what you can”, and the past three years I’ve been looking at CSA as a start to change the way I live.  Community Supported Agriculture is a concept where people are invited to buy a “share” of a local farm’s produce, and during the growing season, they get a part of what the farm produces.  (This link further describes it, if you’d like to know more: http://www.localharvest.org/csa/)

This year, newly married, was the first time I’ve been settled enough to be able to join one, and I did research and found a farm in February that looked like a good fit.  My husband and I selected a half share instead of a full share, as we don’t really normally eat that much produce.  Personally, I’m excited about the challenge of having to cook and eat things that I don’t normally use.

The farm that we joined is about a 45 minute drive away (they almost all are) and offers delivery for a fee.  Ultimately I’d like to be the type of person that goes and gets their own produce, but with a full-time job (ok, it’s not just the job – I’m lazy as well) delivery seemed like a good idea.  They also offer free items for you to come and pick as well, at a farm that seems to be part amusement park, with a petting zoo, and fishing pond, and large play parks, and hayrides…

In any case, I figured I’ll at least take pictures of what I get, and perhaps even blog about how we end up experimenting with all of our new produce…