NWARK Local Harvest CSA – Week 7

The September 29th NWARK Local Harvest CSA included:

  • Lettuce Mix
  • Turnips (Radishes??? – more on this crisis below)
  • Green Beans
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Zucchini

My boyfriend made the little video to send me while I was out of town for the night when this came, so in lieu of my usual plain old picture, we’re all media-ed up! I kind of like it, maybe I’ll start taking more video! Ok, on to what happened to all of this goodness:

Jar SaladI’ve been carefully jarring up all of our lettuce into salads so that none of it goes bad. I’ve stayed pretty consistent at a week behind on eating it, so when each delivery comes I’m working on last week’s stockpile. But, at that rate none goes bad because it comes to me so fresh, so it’s all ok.

Last week my boyfriend took me to the meat market (my new favorite place to buy meat) and we got a whole chicken. With all of the little leftover bits, I made salads with chicken in them. Much more substantial.

Ok. So the turnips… some of them were not turnips. Instead, some of them were bitter aka: radishes! Which was fine, because I like radishes sliced thinly with a mandolin atop my salads. However, we went to mash our turnips again, because they are so good like that, and lo and behold our mashed turnips had a bit of ever so bitter radish in them. Not terrible, but definitely a surprise. After a bit of googling we learned that the size of the root indicates which you’re looking at. A thin root (I know the whole thing is a root, but I mean the stringy bit at the base) is a turnip and a thick root is a radish. Generally speaking.

Green beans have been pretty easy to work through. I usually just make them as a side dish. One night, I just ate leftover mashed turnip/radish and green beans, because, well I don’t know. What’s crazy cool about the CSA green beans is that they’re all beautiful (no bruises or slime) and they last for ages because they are so fresh. I like to imagine the farmers carrying my brown paper CSA bag around the farm and taking things right off the plant just before they drive it over to me. I guess that’s basically what happens, though the bagging happens slightly differently, anyway.., it’s amazing.

The sweet pepper hauls have been dwindling in size lately, which is okay – but I’ll be sad when they’re totally gone because the weather just gets too cold. I chop those guys up and stick them in salad jars. That uses most of them. Tonight I’ll make a pizza with some on it.

Still just sautéing and grilling the zucchini. I have to say, it’s the one thing I’m kind of sick of. Maybe I just need to get more creative with my zucchini cooking techniques. Suggestions?

That’s all for week 7. Stay tuned for more weekly-ish updates on what comes in my CSA and what I do with it all! And let me know in the comments, do you or would you sign up for a CSA membership? Why or why not?

NWARK Local Harvest CSA – Week 6

NWARK Local Harvest CSA - Week 6

September 22nd’s CSA delivery included:

  • 1/2 pound Lettuce Mix
  • 1/2 pound 4-Kale Mix (Red, Siberian, Dwarf Blue and Primer)
  • 1 Bunch Japanese Turnips
  • 2 pounds Red Delicious Apples
  • 1.5  pounds Green and Gold Zucchini
  • 2 pounds Sweet Potatoes

This was a tricky week because I was out of town for the majority of the week celebrating my mom’s birthday, and my boyfriend had clients in town so the fact that this picture got taken is amazing. So, here’s what happened to it all:

The lettuce was used in salads. I’ve been pretty diligent about making 4-6 salads in mason jars each week for my boyfriend and I to take to lunch. For some reason I’m incapable of making a salad for lunch, but I’ll totally grab a pre-made one out of the fridge.

This was our first encounter with kale and it didn’t go well. The whole bag ended up in the compost because we were afraid of it. But don’t worry, we’ve since figured out a way to eat all of our kale and even get sad when we run out. Stay tuned for that excitement!

We actually mashed the turnips with some potatoes and had them as a side. They were delicious.

Ate the apples all on their lonesome, though it must be a bit early in the season because they were a little mealy.

The gold zucchini is so good! It has a much milder/sweeter flavor than the green kind. We’ve been slicing and sautéing most of the zucchini. It is good on pizza and pasta.

Sweet Potato BreadWe held on to the sweet potatoes for a couple of weeks and ended up making sweet potato bread out of them. It’s super easy to make, you just bake the potatoes until they’re soft and mash them into a simple sweet bread recipe. I added some nuts and chocolate chips. My boyfriend and I had a party a week or so ago and served the bread at it, it was a hit.

Little Free Library Delivery: Journaling

journaling

This afternoon on my way home from my Monday yoga class (a great free class at the Fayetteville Public Library, you should check it out if you’re into moving your body) I’ll be dropping off this awesome collection of books at the Little Free Library that lives at the trail-side entrance of Arsaga’s at the Depot, just off Dickson St. If you see something you must have – follow me on twitter (where I’ll announce that the drop’s been made), and head over to pick it up!

This collection includes:

sketchbook

  • How To Keep a Sketchbook Journal: A really inspirationally beautiful guide to keeping a sketchbook journal.

spilling open

  • Spilling Open: Even inspirationaler beauty. Sabrina Ward Harrison’s stunning personal journal has been published for your lucky eyes to see.

journal of life

  • How To Make A Journal of Your Life: Another guide that is also inspiration because it’s so gosh darn cute. For writers, artists, journal keepers, those who aspire to be journal keepers, this is your book.

essays

  • Writing Essays about Literature: This one’s for a much more academic approach to writing, but as a certified English teacher I’m obligated to tell you that you must know how to write well for all types of occasions and audiences.

living colors

  • Living Colors: This super rad collection of color palates takes you through the ages with color. A great inspiration for breaking out of your usual color scheme.

urgent

  • Urgent: Second Class: This is a guide to collage. It’s such a neat example of some really rad ways to put nifty paper together with other nifty paper things. If you’re into artsy stuff, you need this book.

What in the world is all of this book related stuff about? Well, you must have missed my earlier post explaining why I’m giving a bunch of books away!

Little Free Library Delivery: Quotes and Ideas

Quotes and Ideas

Tomorrow on my commute to/from work I’ll be dropping off this collection of books at the Little Free Library in front of the trailside entrance to Arsaga’s at the Depot. The library is new-ish, and I have noticed it’s stock dwindling, so I thought I’d help to beef it up a bit. If you see something you must have – follow me on twitter (where I’ll announce that the drop’s been made), and head over to pick it up!

This collection includes:

idea dictionary

  • The QPB Dictionary of Ideas: a comprehensive guide to the concepts and beliefs that have shaped our world in a dictionary format.

The World's Great Thinkers

  • The World’s Great Thinkers: That’s the super cool cloth bound one. It’s a collection of writing from well, the world’s great thinkers.

Quotable Woman

  • The Quotable Woman: All of the quotes by all of the women. Well, not all, but still – a lot. Missing the cover because my grandmother whose name adorns the front frequented the book so much.

Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

  • The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations: Quotations by people of all genders in a super handy dictionary-like arrangement.

What in the world is all of this book related stuff about? Well, you must have missed my earlier post explaining why I’m giving a bunch of books away!