Thursday, September 5, 2013

What do you do with your CSA?

If you follow la vie en fuchsia on Facebook (where I've recently had far more opportunity to post, sorry! All the more reason why you should be following there though!) you'd know that we've got two new things going on.

The first was alluded to in my previous post - we've selected a new project! We're working away on the front entrance and powder room. The project started last weekend and is well underway. The painting is in progress and so is the laying of tile. We may run into a small delay given that we haven't yet decided on a tap, but that's priority number one! We think it's going to look great; here's hoping!

The second new thing is our veggie delivery. Many moons ago, after this post, a couple family friends suggested that we look into the local, organic farm that one of the couples ordered from. We did, and then sat on it. And then sat on it some more. Sometimes, we can really be peculiar folk because this is something we were very interested in but it took a random conversation, on the drive to work, over two years later, for us to pull the trigger and sign up! Truth is, after we checked it out initially it was always in the back of our minds, but it was a work friend who had recently moved to New Zealand musing about the delivery services she was signing up for on Facebook that made me finally question what we could possibly be waiting for!? Within an hour of that conversation, we were on the list. At first, we signed up for the 4 person basket bi-weekly and it was good for the first month, but we've recently changed our minds and elected to receive the 2 person basket weekly. It's not half the price, nor half the amount but it's a great amount for the 3 of us for the week and stays fresh for the length of the time we have it. Truth be told, it's not a true CSA in that it's not technically a crop share and the deliveries continue year-round, but it's supporting a local farm, it's all organic, and it's challenging us to eat and learn about a bigger variety of veggies. It's great!

I'll share some pictures -

Delivery 1 - 4 person basket {this was a little light, but it's all crop dependent}

Delivery 2 {Bi-weekly delivery} - 4 person basket
Delivery 3 {Now weekly} - 2 Person basket

I'm hoping that this new service will permit me to add to my veggie repertoire on here, but in the meantime you can find the current collection here.

The reason I'm getting around to telling you all about this tonight is because I'd like to share an idea for using some of it up!

Yesterday our dinner was a quick, thrown together pasta because the deliveries were running late (I think it had something to do with the holiday this week), but I quickly grabbed about 6-7 cherry sized black krim (I can't, for the life of me, get on the farm's blog right now to confirm) looking heirloom tomatoes (already missing from the above picture), sautéed some minced shallots with a touch of balsamic vinegar, fresh basil chiffonade, feta, rainbow trout, and made a quick cream sauce. It was delicious.

Tonight, I made a spin on Greek salad. 3 different varieties of heirloom tomatoes + white cucumbers + feta and I cheated with store bought Greek dressing {Editor's note: Farm Boy dressing is the only store-bought dressing I use, otherwise we like our own homemade vinaigrette. Farm Boy Greek dressing and the Lemon Garlic dressing are great though!}. The salad was delicious! We also made salmon and used the beet greens from our order, steamed then sautéed with a bit of garlic and dinner was a success!

Hopefully this triggers ideas for your own CSA!


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