Saturday, June 5, 2010

Something a little different

This year, the madman and I (well mostly I) made the decision to join up for a full share at the local CSA co-op, Stone Gardens Farm. The local farmers' market is only open on the afternoon of the day that I work late, so I never get to go. And while the madman has made the occasional attempt, he finds it so overwhelming, he normally leaves with like 2 cucumbers and that's it.

So yeah, if I wanted to eat local this growing season (and I do), it was going to be c/o the lovely folks at Stone Gardens. And yesterday was our first pick-up!

Holy cow, that's a LOT of greeny goodness! It's been much warmer than normal here in the Northeast this spring, so the growing season is off to a booming start. We got 3 ginormous heads of lettuce (Romaine, Boston and red leaf), a head of escarole (which was made into white bean and escarole soup this morning, and will be frozen), 3 bunches of radishes, 3 heads of bok choy, 2 bunches of scallions, a bunch of salad turnips (small, crisp and almost radishy), and a bag of Asian Mix baby salad greens. Whoa. Can we say, salad for dinner?

And since the weather has been so warm, a neighboring farm had a bumper crop of strawberries, which they were giving away free at the farm stand to drum up business. So dessert last night and breakfast this morning was made of these delicious babies...

Delish! These were, by far, the most amazing strawberries I've had since my mom gave up her strawberry patch about 25 years ago. These had never seen the inside of a fridge, they were so sweet and juicy. Amazing.

Can't wait to see what next week brings! In the meantime, time for more salad!


Kristen said...

I love the fresh green goodness of summer. Those look amazing.
I just went to our local farm with the kids this morning. I can't wait to make apricot jam in a couple of weeks.

Nicole said...

We joined a CSA last year, and we didn't have nearly the variety you are getting. My box was filled with kale, kale and more kale! Week after week! I was craving fruits and more lettuces. We got some, but man, all that kale was a challenge to deal with!