Launching into the Summer of Veggies

May 22nd, 2013

I picked up our first farm share this afternoon.  The Summer of Veggies has officially begun!

We’re participating in a CSA this summer.  That’s Community Supported Agriculture.  Basically, you buy a share of a local farm and then receive a box of produce each week throughout the summer.  The catch is: you don’t pick the contents.  The farmer fills the box with whatever is ripe that week.  It’s a great way to support local agriculture and also expand your horizons.  I’m a bit of a veggie novice, to be honest.  The vegetables I enjoy, I like a lot and eat regularly.  Things like corn, peas, carrots, and bell peppers are always around.  Oh, and broccoli.  I love broccoli.

But I know I’m only scratching the surface of the veggie kingdom.  We’re branching out this summer!  My plan is to blog about our veggie boxes, to chronicle how we handle the abundance of produce.

Week 1 Overview:

Week 1 with Words

Lettuce, radishes, baby beets, dill, mint, and some gorgeous eggs.  The picture doesn’t do them justice but some a brown and a couple are a lovely light blue.

The Game Plan:

This week, obviously the emphasis is on salads.  It’s early in the growing season so we’ve got a lot of greens.  I hard boiled a couple of the eggs tonight to have tomorrow with the lettuce and radishes.  I found a recipe for Roasted Baby Beets that I may try as well, although the farm guys suggested that you could simply saute the baby beets and throw them in salad.   My mom sent a recipe for a yogurt salad dressing that uses fresh mint.

I’m planning to try Maple Dill Carrots as a way of using the fresh dill, and probably some Tuna Salad with Dill.  (Without the celery.  NO CELERY.  Why do people insist on ruining perfectly good salad recipes with celery??)

The only thing I’m iffy on is the beet greens.  I know you can eat them, but I’m not a big fan of greens and I’ve heard that beet greens are pretty strong.  I may try roasting them as a substitute for kale in Kale Chips but we’ll see…

Wish us luck!

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