Thursday, April 28, 2011

My First CSA Box!

Within the past few weeks, I've head several of my friends raving about the boxes they have received through Community Supported Agriculture programs - so I got my own to see what it's all about.
My first CSA box
I ordered my from South Central Farmers, since they delivered the box to my work. It was like I was in an episode of Chopped.
My first CSA box
I got a lot of greens in this box. A lot. We have here (left to right): Bloomsdale Spinach, Black Kale, Red Romaine Lettuce, Green Romaine Lettuce, Fava Beans, Collard Greens, Detroit Red Beets, and Turnips. I have to be honest, I've never had some of these greens - particularly Kale and Collard Greens. So, what did I make first?
Making Kale chips
Kale chips!
Kale chips
A little salt and a tiny bit of oil and in the oven until crisp. Not bad! Brian still favors potato chips, but I can see converting. Next, I made a Green Romaine Lettuce salad with some Detroit red beets, with a lemon garlic vinaigrette. It was so yummy. I immediately started my love affair with beets. I had no idea how tasty beets were!
Romaine & Beet salad
So, I combined my new love of beets with my other new love of fresh, homemade pasta.
Beet Pasta dough
I roasted 2 beets, then pureed them as much as I could. Those dark red spots on my dough are larger bits of beet that could not get pureed down all the way, but it didn't seem to matter once the pasta was made.
Making beet pasta
After cooking the pasta, I added it to the sauce of salmon, onions, dill, vodka, and cream.
Beet pasta with Salmon, Vodka, Dill Cream sauce
It was probably the tastiest of all the pastas I have made. Brian agrees.
Beet pasta with Salmon, Vodka, Dill Cream sauce
Next, I made lemon, garlic Collard Greens.
Collard Greens with garlic and lemon
Then, roasted Turnips with sour cream.
And finally, I added some Fava Beans in my stir fry.
Stir Fry with Fava Beans
Unfortunately, I couldn't keep up with the rest of the vegetables and they didn't get used. Now, while all the vegetables I did get to use were all delicious, I had one big problem. The bugs. I know, I know.... no pesticides, so lots more bugs. The problem is, I'm terrified of bugs. It was difficult. I had to wash my lettuce one leaf at a time, around 3-4 times each leaf to make sure all the bugs were gone. It was so time consuming - which is why I didn't get to use a large portion of my box. Despite the bugs, I think I'll do it again. Though, I need a bug break for a little while.