March 18, 2013 by saltedplates
This year we enjoyed our summer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) so much we decided to find a winter option. There are fewer out there but still plenty to chose from. We ended up choosing Greensgrow Farms because it was biweekly, included a variety of items not just veggies and the pick ups fit with my calendar.
This weekend was our 8th winter pick up and I am still very happy with our decision. We decided on a “meat” share because the veggies seemed like it would be too much for us to consume without waste and Clay does eat meat but is trying to only have high quality local or organic if he can help it. We have been almost completely able to avoid buying meat since it started so that has made it a worthy choice.
With this pickup you can see that spring is starting to show from the inclusion of the Pea Shoots. I am excited to add them to my salads this coming week and have the first taste of the goodness to come this season.
I have quite a few recipes in mind for all of this: the pea shoots and lettuce will be used in salads throughout the week with some arugula we have from the store. We used some of the thyme with brunch on Sunday and I will probably dry the rest. The eggs will go quickly as always with various breakfasts for both of us. I think I will save the Popping Corn for our next big movie night (maybe Argo? I can’t wait to see that!) The apples will get eaten as snacks and in salads. The broccoli will probably end up on pizza and in a curry or stir fry. Haven’t come up with something to use the cabbage for so if anyone has any suggestions please share them. Clay is thinking of making chili with the beef but it could also become burgers. I love all the possibilities that a CSA provides. It is almost like a game to me to come up with tasty ways to use it all.
Do you participate in a CSA? What is your favorite item to receive?