Friday, June 7, 2013

Real Life CSA: week 1, produce

Today marked the first produce CSA pick-up of the season. For an explanation of what a CSA is, why we are members of CSAs at Next Gen House and the benefits of signing up for one, see this post

Here's what we got this week:

Spinach, mixed greens and lettuce will all end up in salads this week. The mixed greens you buy in a bag at the store have nothing on these. They are so flavorful, and you really can tell they came straight from the earth (in a good way).

Radishes will also end up as a salad topping, most likely. Rosemary and thyme will be used in dishes this week, and whatever's leftover will be hung and dried. 

Basil can be made into pesto or used in a pasta dish. Chard will be sauteed down as a side dish. Look at these enormous leaves. 

That leaves my two favorite things this week: rhubarb, which will probably end up in a pie or galette, and 7-grain organic bread from Friendship Farms. Friendship Farms is in the Laurel Highlands and they sell their bread in the Pittsburgh area. They have a partnership with our CSA, and we got this bread sometimes last year. Their website describes it as containing "seven organic cracked grains (barley, corn, millet, oats, rye, spelt, and wheat) and organic whole wheat flour, sweetened with pure wildflower honey which complements its wholesome grain flavor." This bread is so good you can just eat it plain - no need to dress it up.

Can't wait for next week! Thanks, Kretschmann Family Organic Farm!

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