CSA Week Two
June 2nd, 2013
This week, our CSA box epitomized what frightened me about undertaking a farm share: lots of green stuff.
We receive three pounds of green leafy vegetables this week. The picture really doesn’t do justice to the abundance because the Big Bags of Green Stuff are hiding behind the beet greens. But they’re there, believe me.
This week’s box contained: one pound lettuce mix, one pound kale, one pound collard greens, one bunch of radishes, and one bunch of baby beets. We got a second bunch as a bonus because I mentioned how much I’d enjoyed them last week and they had some extras. Score!
My bestie and I are sharing our CSA goodies and this was her week to take them, but we wound up sharing some of the goodies because, honestly, three bounds of greens is a whole lotta greens. And collard greens? Egad. They’re very scary to me.
Meg took a lot of the veggies, but I ended up with one bunch of beets, a little bit of kale, and about 1/3 of the bag of collard greens. I roasted the beets again and ate them on salad for lunch one day. Seriously delicious.
The kale went into Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas (recipe forthcoming).
That left the collard greens. I summoned my courage and tried them tonight. At a friend’s suggestion, we sautéed them in bacon grease with onion and garlic, then added lemon juice. I served them with cheesy bacon grits and grilled chicken and – eureka! – they were quite good.
Collard greens are a bit bitter and quite sour on their own. Adding lemon juice might seem weird, but it was great because it made the sourness seem intentional. “Oh, these are sour because there’s lemon juice” rather than “huh, why is this mass of green stuff sour?”
Oh, and I also made a Feta Cheese & Fresh Dill Quick Bread with the remaining fresh dill from last week’s box. Not bad.
I’d call this another successful week of veggies and I’m looking forward to next week. Miss Mouse is desperately hoping there will be carrots and our friendly farm guy has promised they’ll either be ready this week or next. I’ll keep you posted!