Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Joining a CSA: Bountiful Unidentified Veggies (& fruits)

About two years ago I heard about this cool service where you could sign up for weekly deliveries of local produce ... about 5 months ago I decided to sign up ... 4 months of waiting list later (turns out these are totally popular) my name came up for the Johnson Gardens Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). I am still on another wait list to check out a second area farm ....

Needless to say, today was the second day that I got my bi-weekly installment ... the first was the week before Thanksgiving. So far I still haven't quite finished all of the veggies we got two weeks ago and now I have more. Although, I finished the bell peppers from then tonight and accompanied them with a green salad made up of brand new farm fresh arugula and leaf lettuce.

Tonight was fun because in addition to some usual suspects like bell peppers, lettuce, bok choy and kale...we also got some oranges and grapefruits ... and a German perrenial favorite: Kohlrabi! I am so writing a card to my Oma in the morning to tell her that I have Kohlrabi ... in fact, I may have to call her and get her recipe for this cooky root vegetable (pictured here).

Anyhow, I don't have a specific recipe to share today, I just wanted to tell you all how cool and also somewhat overwhelming it is to get a batch of totally random food every two weeks. The last batch contributed to: Beef Pot Roast with Kale; Veggie Stir Fry with Eggplant, Bok Choy and Bell Peppers; Winter Greens Salad of Leaf Lettuce, Mizuno Greens and Apples and a few random ingredients here and there.

It makes you feel a bit like Iron Chef at home...I think this week we'll possibly juice some of those oranges and figure out something cool to do with Kohlrabi ... look for a post soon!

And wherever you are ... check out your CSA ... very fun way to support local agriculture and add some color and creativity to your table:)))

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