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  1. #1
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Got our first CSA box today

    Here's what it had:

    * 1 cantaloupe. Lin thinks it might be underripe. Cantaloupes don't ripen
    after they've been picked, so if it *is* underripe I've got to figure out
    something to do with it other than simply eating it as is. Maybe I could
    pickle it? Or maybe this is one time when Alton Brown's hot melon salad
    would turn out well -- I tried it once before with a ripe cantaloupe, and it
    was a disaster because the melon turned mushy.

    * 2 navel oranges

    * 2 red grapefruit

    * 4 Fuji apples

    * a little bag of sunflower sprouts. These have a pleasant nutty flavor;
    they go well in sandwiches or salads.

    * a bunch of turnips with their greens. I've cut the greens off the turnips
    and I'll use them tonight since they spoil so quickly. I haven't decided
    what I'm going to do with the turnips themselves.

    * a little bag of sugar snap peas. We've been buying them regularly at the
    farmers' markets anyway; these probably won't be used until the weekend.

    * a head of leaf lettuce.

    * a small bunch of spring onions

    * a small bunch of spring garlic. This is awesome stuff; we got some earlier
    in the year. I'll probably make pasta with spring garlic and Parm-Reggiano
    on Sunday or Monday.

    * a small head of bok choy. I'm thinkin' stir-fry.

    * a pretty big bunch of arugula. We got enough to make an arugula pesto if
    I'm so inclined.


    After I picked up the CSA box and saw what it contained, I went by the
    farmers' market and picked up some red cherries, some gold cherries, and
    some peaches. We also still have some kale and some chard from Lin's visit
    to a farmers' market two Saturdays ago.

    Meal-planning starts now...

    Bob




  2. #2
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Got our first CSA box today

    In article <000c0f05$0$18145$[email protected]>,
    "Bob Terwilliger" <virtualgoth@die_spammer.biz> wrote:

    > * a little bag of sunflower sprouts. These have a pleasant nutty flavor;
    > they go well in sandwiches or salads.


    I've started growing those. It's really easy. :-)

    What is CSA please?

    I'm amazed it contained all that fresh produce!
    --
    Peace! Om

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
    -- Anon.

  3. #3
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Re: Got our first CSA box today

    Om wrote:

    >> * a little bag of sunflower sprouts. These have a pleasant nutty flavor;
    >> they go well in sandwiches or salads.

    >
    > I've started growing those. It's really easy. :-)
    >
    > What is CSA please?
    >
    > I'm amazed it contained all that fresh produce!


    CSA stands for "Community Supported Agriculture." It's an arrangement where
    you pay a farmer up front for a portion of his crops, and you get a box of
    produce every week during the harvest season. It's one way to ensure that
    the produce you eat is organic and local. Since you never know exactly what
    you're going to be receiving on any given week, it's also fun: I call it
    "Iron Chef Home Edition."

    Bob




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    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Got our first CSA box today

    In article <000c52d5$0$18146$[email protected]>,
    "Bob Terwilliger" <virtualgoth@die_spammer.biz> wrote:

    > Om wrote:
    >
    > >> * a little bag of sunflower sprouts. These have a pleasant nutty flavor;
    > >> they go well in sandwiches or salads.

    > >
    > > I've started growing those. It's really easy. :-)
    > >
    > > What is CSA please?
    > >
    > > I'm amazed it contained all that fresh produce!

    >
    > CSA stands for "Community Supported Agriculture." It's an arrangement where
    > you pay a farmer up front for a portion of his crops, and you get a box of
    > produce every week during the harvest season. It's one way to ensure that
    > the produce you eat is organic and local. Since you never know exactly what
    > you're going to be receiving on any given week, it's also fun: I call it
    > "Iron Chef Home Edition."
    >
    > Bob


    How cool!
    --
    Peace! Om

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
    -- Anon.

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    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Re: Got our first CSA box today

    Om wrote:

    >> CSA stands for "Community Supported Agriculture." It's an arrangement
    >> where you pay a farmer up front for a portion of his crops, and you get a
    >> box of produce every week during the harvest season. It's one way to
    >> ensure that the produce you eat is organic and local. Since you never
    >> know exactly what you're going to be receiving on any given week, it's
    >> also fun: I call it "Iron Chef Home Edition."
    >>

    >
    > How cool!



    CSA exists around Austin. See www.localharvest.org to find one near you.
    Also see www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/pubs/csa/csa.shtml for some more links and
    an overview. (Or are you self-sustaining?)

    Bob




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    TammyM Guest

    Default Re: Got our first CSA box today


    "Bob Terwilliger" <virtualgoth@die_spammer.biz> wrote in message
    news:000c52d5$0$18146$[email protected]..
    > Om wrote:
    >
    >>> * a little bag of sunflower sprouts. These have a pleasant nutty flavor;
    >>> they go well in sandwiches or salads.

    >>
    >> I've started growing those. It's really easy. :-)
    >>
    >> What is CSA please?
    >>
    >> I'm amazed it contained all that fresh produce!

    >
    > CSA stands for "Community Supported Agriculture." It's an arrangement
    > where
    > you pay a farmer up front for a portion of his crops, and you get a box of
    > produce every week during the harvest season. It's one way to ensure that
    > the produce you eat is organic and local. Since you never know exactly
    > what
    > you're going to be receiving on any given week, it's also fun: I call it
    > "Iron Chef Home Edition."


    Oh goody! I always enjoy your CSA posts, what you do with your veg/fruit.
    Will look forward to this summer's reports from you.

    TammyM



  7. #7
    blake murphy Guest

    Default Re: Got our first CSA box today

    On Tue, 19 May 2009 16:04:59 -0700, Bob Terwilliger wrote:

    > Om wrote:
    >
    >>> * a little bag of sunflower sprouts. These have a pleasant nutty flavor;
    >>> they go well in sandwiches or salads.

    >>
    >> I've started growing those. It's really easy. :-)
    >>
    >> What is CSA please?
    >>
    >> I'm amazed it contained all that fresh produce!

    >
    > CSA stands for "Community Supported Agriculture." It's an arrangement where
    > you pay a farmer up front for a portion of his crops, and you get a box of
    > produce every week during the harvest season. It's one way to ensure that
    > the produce you eat is organic and local. Since you never know exactly what
    > you're going to be receiving on any given week, it's also fun: I call it
    > "Iron Chef Home Edition."
    >
    > Bob


    the washington *post* (my hometown paper) food section had an intermittent
    feature last spring and summer on what one woman did with her c.s.a. box.
    (sometimes the items in the box were a little out-of-the-way.) it was
    interesting.

    your pal,
    blake

  8. #8
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Got our first CSA box today

    In article <000c7cf6$0$18170$[email protected]>,
    "Bob Terwilliger" <virtualgoth@die_spammer.biz> wrote:

    > Om wrote:
    >
    > >> CSA stands for "Community Supported Agriculture." It's an arrangement
    > >> where you pay a farmer up front for a portion of his crops, and you get a
    > >> box of produce every week during the harvest season. It's one way to
    > >> ensure that the produce you eat is organic and local. Since you never
    > >> know exactly what you're going to be receiving on any given week, it's
    > >> also fun: I call it "Iron Chef Home Edition."
    > >>

    > >
    > > How cool!

    >
    >
    > CSA exists around Austin. See www.localharvest.org to find one near you.
    > Also see www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/pubs/csa/csa.shtml for some more links and
    > an overview.


    Thank you. Until now, I'd never heard nor read of it.

    > (Or are you self-sustaining?)


    I wish. <g>

    >
    > Bob

    --
    Peace! Om

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
    -- Anon.

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