Wednesday, November 11, 2009

First CSA Pick-Up

Our first CSA pick-up was just about what I expected. Saturday morning Dewey and I walked the .7 mile to the pick-up location. There were twelve identical boxes all lined up in a driveway. Our box contained bok choy, tatsoi, broccoli rabe, turnip greens, a small head of lettuce, two small yellow squash, a small handful of purple beans (like green beans, but purple), a sprig of rosemary, some basil-whose-name-I-can't-remember, and a couple of bonus radishes.

I expected to get a variety of greens, so that wasn't a surprise. What was a surprise were the small portions. The turnip greens, once cooked, yielded less than a cup of greens. Apparently the woman who is organizing the CSA expected mainly single people, so the vegetables are portioned for just one eater.

I nibbled on the radishes dipped in EB and sea salt while Dewey and I came up with ideas on how to cook everything this week. We had a few bell peppers lingering in the crisper drawer to use up as well. Here is what we came up with.

Saturday: Turnip greens, smashed pink beans, and rosemary baking powder biscuits.

Sunday: 2.5 gallons of our chili as practice for the Lonestar Vegetarian Chili Cookoff

Monday: Pizza (using frozen dough I made earlier)

Tuesday: Stir-fry using bok choy, tatsoi, bell peppers, and green beans. The stir-fry also had tofu and soba noodles.

Wednesday: Pasta with broccoli rabe (quick dinner because I took the GRE earlier today)

Thursday: Take out (we're closing on our new house!)

Friday: Roasted poblano peppers stuffed with leftover chili and probably more chili in corn or flour tortillas

Saturday: Out to dinner (it's Dewey's birthday!), also next share pick-up

Sunday: Lonestar Vegetarian Chili Cookoff! Come by and say hello!

For lunches this week, I'll eat the yellow squash, salad greens, and whatever chili we can't freeze or offload.


dsharp88 said...

Will you post your winning chili recipe after your great victory? :)

Chile said...

Every CSA seems to be set up differently. Our shares are appropriate for a two person household. We have a number of single members who split their share with another person because it's more than they can get through in a week. As vegans, we sometimes find it's not enough for us...

Hope you enjoy eating what you are getting. If you ever need ideas on ways to use unusual veggies, our CSA has accumulated a LOT of recipes here.

mollyjade said...

Dsharp, the chili recipe is already posted!

Chile, we're looking at this as an experiment, so even though it's less food than we expected, we'll just roll with it. I am trying to be creative with my cooking so Dewey doesn't revolt against eating so many greens.

dsharp88 said...

I see the link for the chili recipe now (me = blind!). Hope you win!!