Wednesday, July 11, 2012

CSA 2012

Five weeks ago we entered Maryland's CSA season.  Our farm this year is One Straw Farm out in White Hall, MD.  Until this week, I haven't managed to capture a single photo of our share.  Reason?  I was so overwhelmed with greens that I couldn't think.  Must less photograph.  If' you've joined a CSA in Maryland, possibly anywhere, the first month consists of:
  • lettuce (romaine, red leaf, green leaf, mizuno, arugula, spinach)
  • radishes (pink, purple, white)
  • kale (regular and italian)
  • chard (swiss and rainbow)
  • other greens (beet, turnip, collard)
  • cabbage
There were a few other items in there, but the sheer volume of fiberous leafy vegetables needing to be used up in my house was staggering!!!  All good but so very very much.  By week 3 I was using more than I was tossing.  Week 4 I found that I was able to use up all the items (except one head of cabbage which is being saved for golumpkis) before Week 5 veggies walked in the door.  Armed with greens recipes, this is what I found:

 Starting in the top left we have:
  • potates
  • red cabbage
  • beets (I think - they are sort of pink for beets)
  • lettuce (I don't know the variety - when you break the leaves off they bleed milky white - very strange)
  • scallions (I would call them green onions, but they are red)
  • garlic
  • yellow squash
  • peas
  • purple cauliflower
I'm excited.  There are lots of options this week.   The lettuce, peas, cauliflower and squash need to be used first.  They seem to head south quickly.  The bet green also go on that list and I like to eat them when they are as pretty as these ones.  Everything else will hold for a bit, but I don't think it is going to need to.

Except for the cabbage.  I never know quite what to do with all this cabbage.  Maybe I'll try making sauerkraut.  I've never had purple sauerkraut.  It could be fun!

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