3.19.2009

Surprise! CSA Calling!

"Hello, this is your CSA calling to let you know your basket is awaiting pickup at our stall in the Farmer's Market today..." Wait, what? Already? I definitely lost that particular memo. Now, I had joined the local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm because I had a sneaking suspicion that our own veggie garden wouldn't quite be ready this Spring.

[Sure enough, the raised beds still stare at me forlornly every time I walk past them. I keep my eyes averted now.]

Anyhow, I picked up the insulated bag at the market, along with a bottle of another vendor's home-made peach cider (smells like Summer, seriously). Looking over the bounty, we've got:

  • Rosemary - of which we have three huge bushes in the front yard (ah well!)
  • First picking of asparagus - a small bunch, but since Spouse isn't here, I don't have to share.
  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • Leeks
  • Green Onions (I think? They're huge!)
  • Arugula
  • Mixed lettuces, and...
  • Eggs. Duck and chicken. I forgot that they also provide eggs. Oof. (or should I say, oeuf?*)

Still, a fantastic Spring selection of goodies, which now means I actually have to think of ways to USE the darn stuff. I'm thinking...

  • Potato & leek soup.
  • Salads (of course).
  • Maybe a carrot & raisen salad?
  • Onion soup?

Wow. Time to hit the internet for ideas. Or do you have any suggestions?

[*French for "egg". Bad joke, I know. Sorry 'bout that.]

4 comments:

  1. That is so awesome. What a great way to support your local farmers. I love it. I would definitely be making a stew or some type of stir fry with that batch of goodies. I think your large green onions might be shallots? Not sure. Enjoy! :)

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  2. One of our pleasant experiments last year was radish green soup. It answers our primordial spring urge for greens, but this chilly time of year in Vermont, for hot soup as well. Here's a recipe you might like

    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Radish-Top-Soup/Detail.aspx

    I substituted yogurt for the heavy cream. Delish.

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  3. @S_Vandemore - I think these things are scallions. Huge, overgrown scallions.

    @Frances McKnight (Mom) - just think, if you lived closer you'd be swimming in eggs as well ;-)

    @Chance - whoa, major yum! Think I'll make that for supper tomorrow, thank you!

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