Monday, May 31, 2010

CSA Box #1.

This year, I'm thrilled to be a part of a Community Supported Agriculture group. I bought a half share, which means I get a full box of vegetables every other week. I picked up my first box on Thursday, and Matthew laughed at me as I giggled with pleasure upon seeing the contents of the box.

In the first box I got: 2 heads of iceberg lettuce, 3 heads of romaine lettuce, giant green onions, a bunch of basil, a bunch of cilantro, fresh strawberries, about two pounds of collard greens, a bunch of chard, and 2 cucumbers. 

It took about an hour and a half to get everything prepped and in the fridge. It was so fun! I had to do some research on a few of the items (the chard and collards) to find out the best way to store them. As I was washing and drying the herbs and lettuce, I piled them on the cutting board.

Dutch, who is NOT allowed on the counters, couldn't resist checking things out. He was rather startled by the lettuces, and batted at them a few times to see if they were going to come for him. Dutch Vs. the Vegetables:

Here are the glorious strawberries. They are so sweet and succulent, mm!
So far I've only made a few salads, used a few of the onions, and eaten strawberries. I've cooked the collards (and holy crap, if I may say, I did a GOOD job), and I've got a recipe I'm going to make for dinner tomorrow with the chard. I am LOVING this! I love that these are from a local farm, grown organically, and they are ALL on the "dirty dozen" list of things we should be trying to eat from organic sources. YAY!

I'll try to document my recipes and adventures with my future boxes. I'll get one every other week through the end of October! Weee!!!!


Joshua said...

Oh my... this makes me want to join a co-op!