No, Im not talking about a new crime drama on tv, child support advocacy or the Canadian Space Agency. Im talking about community supported agriculture! I recently joined a local CSA and split a weekly share of fruits and veggies with some friends. A normal size share is supposed to be enough to feed a family of four for a week. Its a great way to get fresh, local produce and also forces you to use them throughout your meals and get creative with your cooking.
Each week on this blog Ill post a picture and list of our half of the haul and maybe even some pictures or recipes of what we decided to make.
CSA Week 1
The box this week contained the following:
1 extremely large head of cabbage
4 spring or Vidalia onions
1 bunch of large long radishes
5 large stalks of Rhubarb
6 pints of Strawberries
1 large head of red leaf lettuce
4 heads of broccoli
1 bag of dried corn kernel snacks
How we’ve used the ingredients so far:
Thursday night being the first night we werent really sure what to expect or even how much to expect. We were pleasantly surprised by the good variety and quality this early in the season. Everything tasted fresh and perfectly ripened from the sweet juicy red strawberries to the crisp crunchy mild radish. We quickly decided on the easiest and most obvious route to take- a green salad. We washed and chopped the lettuce, onion and radish and tossed it in a parmesan vinegarette, finished off with the corn kernel snacks (kind of like a homemade corn nut) on top. It went perfect with the spicy italian smoked sausage I decided to eat with it.
In addition to dinner I wanted to make something sweet with the strawberries and rhubarb. I love cobbler and crisp but I was really in the mood for something more like a cake. I decided on Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake. I was happy with the recipe I tried. Just be forewarned that it makes a ton of coffee cake, so you better have lots of people to share it with.
There’s still a lot of veggies left and even some more strawberries. Im not entirely sure what to make now but I definitely have a direction and a goal, to use everything before next thursday!