Monday, July 30, 2012

a seasonal jackpot

summer squash, zucchini

I was hugely bummed to miss the first three weeks of the season for the CSA (Community  Supported Agriculture) baskets we purchase in summer.  As it turned out, the very first one was to be delivered on the day we drove out of town.  What timing!  My neighbor kindly offered to receive them and reimburse us for the produce - part of the arrangement of the CSA program is that the consumer commits to buying from the farmer for the growing season.  I hated the idea of paying for three weeks' worth of produce we'd never see, and I also hated the idea of asking for a refund for those three weeks.  This program is built to support the local farmer; that's one of the many reasons I love getting seasonal produce in this way.


Well, we got home on Saturday and I discovered that my neighbor had sweetly put the perishable vegetables away in my kitchen.  When I poked around to see what there was, I was amazed at the quantity!  Three weeks in, and we are rolling in produce.  Let me take you on a little tour of my refrigerator's crisper, if I may...


green onions
red chard
green chard
English peas
snap peas
yellow summer squash


Did I score, or what?!


Anonymous said...

Looks delish! What is "kolhabi"? ive never heard of it!


Mindy said...

It's in the cabbage family, I believe. I have never had it before, let alone prepared it! That's one of the things I love about the CSA, it pushes me to try new things. I've discovered some that I really love, and I'd never tried before we started doing this!

Anonymous said...

Oh I wish we had that here in the uk! It reminds me a bit of celariac..