Our CSA Haul

weekly CSA share
Oh my, look at all that lovely produce fresh from the farmer’s field.

We have been members of the CSA for about five years now and we never take for granted the great produce we get. It is downright amazing how much fresh produce and store produce differ. The fresh is always better. If you think it might be for you, you should see if there is a CSA nearby, or, at the very least, check into a local farmers’ market. We’ll bet you’ll be glad you did. Anyway, this week our haul of loot is:

  • Bok Choy (3 small heads)
  • Braising mix (1 bunch)
  • Rapini (1 bunch)
  • Hakurei Turnips (1 bunch)
  • Tomatoes (7 small)
  • Spaghetti Squash (1 medium)
  • Black beans (about 1 lb)
  • Summer squash (2)
  • Fresh goat cheese (6 ounces)

For those who don’t know, rapini is sort of like proto-broccoli with more leaves, and the braising mix is basically a mix of winter greens, generally a bit too tough for salads, but will cook up nicely. Hakurei turnips, unlike the larger turnips, are tender and sweet, and we’ll be sure to have these sautéed in butter. Yum. The rest? Well, stay tuned.

December 9 update: The Hakurei turnips went into Saturday’s dinner, same with the black beans and goat cheese. We made a quick sauté of braising mix, squash (from the previous week) and some tomatoes for dinner one night.

December 12 update: One head of bok choy went into a batch of stir fried rice (it was a small head. The other two heads of bok choy went into greens latkes. Yum. These are basically a savory pancake with steamed greens mixed in. With a splash of soy sauce, we can eat a whole bunch of greens in one quick meal. We steamed the rapini and served it smothered in a cheese sauce. Also quite good, and a nice way to deal with vegetable that can be a bit bitter.

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