Monday, June 27, 2011

The Great 2011 CSA Adventure

Blueberry Cobbler
Early last year, Brownie and Lawman joined a CSA. I was excited to hear all about recipes they created and maybe even a chance to join in the CSA fun. When that didn't really happen, I decided that this year I would finally make the CSA commitment to see for myself what the fuss is about. During the spring, I signed up for half share of vegetables, fruit, and eggs from the Greenpoint-Williamsburg CSA. Only two pick-ups in, I'm a little bit in love and majorly overwhelmed!

June 15 Vegetable Share
My first pick-up went well enough. We received zucchini, broccoli rabe, garlic scapes, Swiss chard, radishes, lettuce, turnips, rhubarb, and braising greens. Somehow I managed to get through a good 60% of that-the braising greens weren't touched, and a radish or two might be floating around the bottom of my crisper. Speaking of crisper, that was my first CSA lesson: how to properly store all of your share since you're going to be eating this for the next week.

Packing it away
Storing vegetables is not my forte in the slightest. I'm totally the person who finds moldy carrots and wilted, slimy spinach on a regular basis. So for each vegetable, I googled what the proper storing technique was; it often involved a Ziploc bag and lots of paper towels.

Lettuce Wraps
As for recipes, I'm still learning. To use up some of the lettuce last week, I made tuna lettuce wraps with radish slices and avocado. Luckily a friend of mine is much more experienced at CSAs and blogged all the standout recipes she's come up with.

June 22 Pick-Up
The second pick-up involved kale, cilantro, beets, arugula, and scallions, with more lettuce, turnips, and zucchini. I'm officially not a big fan of turnips, by the way. I made kale chips and threw the cilantro in the freezer, and then tried to figure out what to do with the rest of it.

Open Faced Salad Sandwich
Maybe an open-faced sandwich with sunny-side up eggs? I had drizzled red wine vinaigrette on the fresh bread underneath. It was fabulous.

June 15 Fruit Share
The fruit share is pretty nice too. The first week was a quart of blueberries and a pint of strawberries. But when we got three pints of blueberries in the second week, I knew I had to make something delicious.

Blueberry Cobbler
When life gives me blueberries, I make blueberry cobbler. And it was delicious. I used this recipe from Epicurious, which is really from the July 1990 Gourmet. We will never discuss how much I ate, but rest assured it was more than half.


BigAppleNosh said...

Fun! This is my first year joining a CSA as well. I definitely need to learn how to store the veggies properly - thus far I've just been frantically eating a large amount of veggies every day!

Siobhan said...

Storing them properly definitely adds a few more days onto their life span. I've found that basically any leaf vegetable needs to be unwashed and wrapped with paper towels before sealing in a plastic bag. The beets and turnips need to have their greens cut off (and that stored separately) before being stored in baggies themselves. It takes a good hour of work each share, but it's totally worth it.