Friday, June 8, 2012

CSA Week 1

 I was so excited to get our first basket! DH picked it up while I was at work, and when I got home he had it all spread out on the table (except for the fridge stuff) for me to see and he took a picture too.

All in all, we got:
  • Green Leaf Lettuce
  • Mini Romaine
  • Hot House Tomato
  • Green Kale
  • Seedless Cucumber
  • Cauliflower
  • Asparagus
  • Green Onions
  • Rhubarb
  • Chocolate Plum Tomatoes
  • Rainbow Sweet Potatoes
  • Beet Thinnings (baby beets with the greens attached)
  • Apples
  • Strawberries (quart)
  • Locally packaged frozen blueberries
  • Raw Goats Milk Feta Cheese
  • Breadcrumbs from a local bakery

As soon as we got it, I made us a little snack plate from some of the plum tomatoes, strawberries and cheese. When I took bite of the tomato I was delighted at just how tomato-ey it tasted. But when I took a bite of the strawberry I was almost sad to realize I had completely forgotten what strawberries taste like! DH said the same thing. We've grown so accustomed to eating the enormous strawberries that taste like water that our grocery store sells that we forgot about the lovely sweetness and the depth of flavour a strawberry can have. Really and truly forgot.

So I'm already sold on this. I'm so glad we signed up for it! At $53/week, it's a bit more expensive than the grocery store, but I don't think it's that really much more expensive. I think we got good value in this basket (although DH was a bit miffed about getting breadcrumbs as our pantry item). And if we can get through all of those greens, I will be so proud of us!

The first thing I did this morning was use the rhubarb to make an upside down cake (sorry my photography isn't as good as DH's).

Here's the recipe, which was actually recommended to us by the CSA (they give us recipe ideas for some of the basket contents each week).

This cake is incredible! So soft and dense, and the rhubarb is so juicy that it totally soaks the cake. After making this, I have no idea why anyone uses pineapple, the juiciness of the rhubarb is so much better!


Older Post Home