CSA: The Sequel

You would think the sheer joy of my new CSA would have worn off a bit, now that we’re deep into the second week. Nope! In fact, I’m more excited than ever.

Bring on the veggies!

Bring on the veggies!

Okay, I don’t really look excited in that pic, but the sun was very bright and it was making me squint. And, although the weather was still tolerable on Tuesday, I think my body knew that the heat wave from hell was on it’s way.

Anyway, I still love, love, love my CSA. When I showed up to pick up my veggies on Tuesday, not only were they NOT wilting from sitting in boxes in the heat, they were being delivered straight from the fields (or some place cool and field-adjacent) by a friendly farm hand!

I realize this could just as easily be a person removing veggies from the bin, but trust me.  This is a veggie deliverer!

I realize this could just as easily be a person removing veggies from the bin, but trust me. This is a veggie deliverer!

This was the first week that pick-your-own began in earnest, and we hit the motherload!

Sugar snap peas, baby!

Sugar snap peas, baby!

Way back in college, my friend Sarah’s mom sent us out in her garden in Maine to pick some peas for lunch. I had never experienced peas straight from the vine and I was under the mistaken impression that I didn’t like peas. Boy was I wrong! When we finally made it back to the kitchen, our bellies were full and our bucket of peas was nearly empty. Sarah’s mom was not impressed, but I was. Fresh peas are yummy!

It's a good thing the farm manager told us that they account for what people will eat in the fields.  One small half-pint per share was not nearly enough!

It’s a good thing the farm manager told us that they account for what people will eat in the fields. One small half-pint per share was not nearly enough!

After the peas, I took on the herbs. I kinda went crazy with herbs. Like, really, really crazy. I got bunches for Erin and myself, but then Erin told me that she didn’t need any herbs. Oops! I sense a huge batch of green goddess salad dressing coming on!

I love the helpful picking and use instructions.  They're a lifesaver for a desert girl like me!

I love the helpful picking and use instructions. They’re a lifesaver for a desert girl like me!

When I got home, I surveyed the bounty: easter egg radishes, garlic scapes, dinosaur kale, white salad turnips, scallions, spinach, kohlrabi, and of course those pretty little sugar snap peas. I also got some cabbage for Erin, but I’m not a huge fan of cabbage, so that was all her.

Don't you just love the look of those radishes?

Don’t you just love the look of those radishes?

I really should have been more logical when picking out this week’s items. I went for what was most exciting to me (like those easter egg radishes, so pretty!) without a lot of thought about what went together. For example, I grabbed radishes and salad turnips, both best served on top of salads.  But I didn’t think to get any lettuce! Grr… Gotta get better at this!

I was on my own for dinner, so I decided to make my now favorite kale recipe.  (Have you tried this yet?  Seriously.  Try it!)  I wanted to dress up some chicken with that leftover garlic scape pesto from last week.  But, remember when I said it was lacking something.  It needed something sweet…something sassy.

Something sundried.

Chicken with garlic scape pesto and sundried tomatoes.  Serious yumminess!

Chicken with garlic scape pesto and sundried tomatoes. Serious yumminess!

Wowza. Another week, another CSA success. Though, I still haven’t figured out how to use those beautiful radishes. Any ideas?

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