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Green Recipes Galore

I have been scrambling for different ways to eat greens and/or sneak greens into meals outside of the regular salad.  Don’t get me wrong — I love a good salad.  I get lots of compliments on the big pretty salads that I pack in my work lunchbox.   Those pretty little radishes this week were quite tasty.

However, I had no idea what to do with the kohlrabi greens.   But, I knew just based on the fact that the veggie box had a HUGE stalk of greens on the kohlrabi last week that those dazzling emerald leafs were meant to eaten.

Turns out you can do lots of things with greens!  Check this:  Recipes for Greens.  The possibilities are endless!

I chose to add the kohlrabi to a chicken teriyaki stir fry.   The hubby and the boy didn’t fully complain.   I also stuck in some turnips and green garlic on this one.   The turnips were a little mushy but not bad.

I chopped up a whole bag of kale into the spring greens mix and just disguised it as salad.   My husband didn’t mention noticing it so that’s a win.

Another bag of kale went into my version of the Olive Garden’s zuppa tuscano.  Yum.  My son actually loved this.   LOVED IT.   Can’t go wrong with Olive Garden soup and bread sticks.   Nom nom.

What new foods did you try this week?

 

 


Great Basin Basket Share, Week Three

What’s in the box this week?   All sorts of goodies!

Jericho Romaine Lettuce – Pick’n & Grin’n Farm @ Lattin Farms
Hakurei Turnips – Pick’n & Grin’n Farm @ Lattin Farms
Green Garlic – Lattin Farms
French Tarragon  – The Green Man
French Breakfast Radishes – Pioneer Farms
Kohlrabi – Pioneer Farms
Gourmet Lettuce Mix – Pick’n & Grin’n Farm @ Lattin Farms
Sunflower Shoots – Dayton Valley Aquaponics
Darkibor Kale – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms

Stone Ground Wheat Bread by The Bread Lady and fresh eggs from Lahontan Farms

Talk about a fun week of tasty things you don’t see everyday!   I love that there were more sunflower shoots — I can just eat them straight out of the box.   BUT, I was really looking forward to the kohlrabi this week.   Mmmmmm.   This is a truly unique thing.   I remember having it a few years ago during the last CSA round but I don’t see it at the store very often.  (And, who knows how far it traveled to get there??)

Aren’t the little French breakfast radishes pretty??

Now, on to this kohlrabi matter … last time, I just ate the root, sort of as shown below.  Trim it up and it’s like a radish-apple-green flavor.   You can cook them if you want but I literally just ate it straight up like nothing.   Yum-O-fresh-O.

I did notice that there were a TON of greens on the top and discovered (after quick Google) that you can eat those too.   Sooooo, I saved them for recipe experiment later.

Extra! Extra!   How about a better look at this luscious bread we have been getting every week?   It is wonderful.   Stone ground wheat by The Bread Lady.

And, in case I have not said it enough … these sunflower shoots are the bomb-diggity.


The Purple Green Smoothie

In an effort to try something different, and use up a bag of kale, we made smoothies.

Full disclosure, I’m not the biggest fan of green smoothies so … that’s the starting point for this adventure.

I used this recipe as it was suggested in the veggie box weekly email. http://www.homesteadmania.com/kale-blueberry-vanilla-smoothie/

I made enough for two large smoothies so it seemed like a lot of greens. I also tried to pull out any thicker stalks just to avoid any bitter flavors.

I also added banana for a thicker mix.

Fresh blueberries are not in season yet so I used frozen ones. Partially for cost and partially because I knew they would be nice for a cold drink. They quickly blended up and almost disguised the kale. Almost.

There’s no fooling a 9 year old boy. Plus, while it wasn’t terrible, it is no substitute for a real milkshake.

He tolerated it but I doubt he will be making any special requests to try that again.

All in all, it wasn’t that bad. Cold, refreshing, fairly guilt free. I can handle that. Next time, I might up the banana factor or add other fruits.

I definitely got my kale intake for the day so that’s good!


Great Basin Basket Farm Share, Week Two

Last week was a busy flurry for the first round of the veggie box. Gotta love spring greens! I didn’t post a photo of the grilled asparagus but, wowza, those were tasty mmm mmm good!

Sooooo … what’s in the box this week?

A lot of the same, as expected, but with some bonus goodies!
Salanova Lettuce – Pick’n & Grin’n Farm @ Lattin Farms

Hakurei Turnips – Pick’n & Grin’n Farm @ Lattin Farms

Green Garlic – Lattin Farms

Garlic Chives – Mewaldt Organics

Siberian Kale – Pioneer Farms

Spinach – Pick’n & Grin’n Farm @ Lattin Farms

Arugula – Pioneer Farms

Gourmet Lettuce Mix – Pick’n & Grin’n Farm @ Lattin Farms

Sunflower Shoots – Dayton Valley Aquaponics

Darkibor Kale – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms

Bread Lady stone ground wheat

Lahontan Farms eggs

I am super ready for those sunflower shoots! Yum! They are first on my list for tomorrow.

Check out these pretty eggs, though.

They are all different, natural colors and stamped with love. Someone is all crafty with their die cut freshness date rooster!

My son loved these eggs last week. He’s not normally a full plate of scrambled eggs kind of kid but he cleaned up on them last weekend. That makes me happy!

The taste of fresh food is so much better than anything else. So far, my family is loving the veggie box.

What’s your favorite fresh food that just isn’t the same any other way?


Wash Your Veggies

So, this seems obvious, but it is important to rinse and wash all of the produce that you are going to eat. No matter where it came from when you bought it.

When you have a CSA subscription, the first accessory you should get is a salad spinner.

What’s that? It is this:

This one handy, dandy (usually reasonably priced) item will save you so much time and energy. It will also help you keep those greens fresh longer!

How does it work? I had some fun with a slo-mo video from my phone to show you.

It is basically a colander that spins in a bigger container to fling the extra water off your lettuce after you rinse it thoroughly in the sink.

My son also thinks it’s great silliness to help with this job so don’t be afraid to recruit helpers!

I usually wrap greens in a paper towel and don’t fully close them up in plastic when I put them in the fridge to make them last a day or two more. This is important in the first few weeks of a CSA when there are a lot of greens. You don’t want then to go to waste in the first two days!

Especially when they are this pretty:

Have fun and eat your greens!


Great Basin Basket Farm Share, Week One

Woo hoo! It’s here! It’s here!

Can you tell how excited I am about this?

It has been a while but I have really been looking forward to getting some Nevada veggies in my system.

Here’s the box:

The way it works is that you go to a pick up spot and there’s actually a cardboard box … but … it helps a lot to bring your own crate so they can reuse the cardboard one.

What’s in the box?

This will vary every week based on what’s in season so, since it is spring, lots of greens this week.

Items:

Salanova Lettuce – Pick’n & Grin’n Farm in collaboration with Lattin Farms

Hakurei Turnips – Pick’n & Grin’n Farm in collaboration with Lattin Farms

Green Garlic – Lattin Farms

Spring Asparagus – Lattin Farms

Garlic Chives – Mewaldt Organics

Siberian Kale – Pioneer Farms

Spinach – Pick’n & Grin’n Farm in collaboration with Lattin Farms

Arugula – Pioneer Farms

Tango Lettuce – Pick’n & Grin’n Farm in collaboration with Lattin Farms

I also opted to get bread (stone ground whole wheat from The Bread Lady) and eggs (from the happy chickens at Lahontan Farms.)

Nom!

I’ll share more with some recipes and lots of photos later so stay tuned. Let me know of you have any questions. I’m all ears!


Great Basin Basket CSA, Autumn Week 6 (11/07/13)

 

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This is it, the last basket of 2013.   I’m happy to report that it was full of all kinds of goodies, too!

2013 wasn’t kind to the farmers and I’m not sure what the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting for 2014 but I am certain that water is going to be an issue for the Fallon farmers no matter what.    I love being a part of the Great Basin Basket CSA.   However, once again, I am faced with the dilemma about what to do for next year.   We’ll see …

(All organic from Lattin Farms, unless otherwise noted)

  • Stripetti Squash
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Sunflowers
  • Decorative Indian Corn
  • Lettuce
  • Garlic
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Chard
  • Thyme
  • Decorative Gourds
  • Onions from Peri & Sons
  • Jerusalem Artichokes from Mewaldt Organics
  • Potatoes from Workman Farms
  • Mixed Asian Greens from High Desert Farming Initiative (part of the University of Nevada, Reno)

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So, veggie friends … it might be a while until the next post.   I’m considering just posting an occasional recipe or two but I’m might also just reevaluate my blogging time.

What do you think?

Maybe, just a winter’s break to clear the mind … maybe not.


Great Basin Basket CSA, Autumn Week 2 (10/10/13)

 

 

This week’s goodies are definitely feeling more like the autumn harvest.   And, I’m loving it!

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What did we get?   (All organic) acorn squash, mixed greens, early girl tomatoes, mixed peppers, green leaf lettuce, shallots, popcorn on the cob, thyme, radishes from River Bend Farms, onions from Peri & Sons, potatoes from Workman Farms and broccoli from Nevada Fresh Pak

Just look at the popcorn on the cob!   The instructions said to let it continue to dry until Christmas.   Last year, we just put it in a brown paper bag and microwaved it.   Fun!

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Radishes, have I told you lately that I love you?   I do.

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This is the first time I have seen broccoli from Nevada Fresh Pak.   It looks good!

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The newsletter/instruction sheet this week has some great recipe ideas so look forward to seeing some posts about roast beef and veggies, maybe some broccoli soup and definitely a stuffed baked acorn squash.   I’m feeling all chef-like so I think I might even try my hand as some hot sauce.   Spicy!

What are you plans for this week?


Great Basin Basket CSA, Week 12 (09/26/13)

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This week marks the end of the summer share for the CSA.   And, it was a very different year that last summer.   I think that water is a pretty serious issue for my farmers and, well, you can tell.  I hope that it changes soon for them, for lots of reasons.

The fall CSA starts next week and is $162 for six weeks.   I do have to admit that the share size seems a little smaller this year for that price.   But, I don’t mind paying for the quality produce that comes in these boxes.   I love my Fallon farms!

Here’s what was in the box this week:

  • Early Girl Tomatoes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Globe Eggplant
  • Mixed Bag of Jalapeno and Romanian Peppers
  • Bag of Red Leaf Lettuce
  • Shallots
  • Corn
  • Melon
  • Thyme
  • Onions

Isn’t this thyme wonderful?   I can’t wait to add it to a roast or stew.

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And, I love peppers!   Mmmmm, mmmmm, mmmm!

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Great Basin Basket CSA, Week 11 (09/19/13)

I started to name this post “I Love Ugly Tomatoes” and then went back to the format that I have been using this year.   But, the whole post should really  be about just those organic heirloom tomatoes, shouldn’t it?   No?  OK.   Here’s what I got in the box this week:

  • Seedless Watermelon
  • Canary Melon
  • Romanian Peppers
  • Globe Eggplant
  • Juliet Cherry Tomatoes
  • Yellow Onions
  • Garlic
  • Garlic Chives
  • Raspberries (that I am promising myself to not just let the Goblin eat)
  • oh, ya … some awesome heirloom tomatoes!

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I love how they are just ugly.   Makes you wonder what other stuff that looks all weird but would actually be good, doesn’t it?   Makes me think that I was wrong for always picking the “pretty” produce.   Who taught us to do that??

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Great Basin Basket CSA, Week 10 (09/12/13)

 

 

 

 

Hello out there in the Blogosphere!   For those of you keeping track, no … I did not forget about blogging last week or purposely miss Week 9.   I was on a nicely planned camping vacation.   If you would like to see some of those photos, check out my other blog at Gingerlea Photography.

I gave last week’s box to a friend, who may or may not guest post about her CSA experience sometime in the future.   I heard a rumor that she is big on juicing and actually made a fancy soup with her Vitamix machine.   We’ll see …

For this week, here’s what was in the box:

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A Sarah’s Choice Melon, Seedless Watermelon, Globe Eggplant, Romanian Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Slicing Tomatoes, Shallots, Green Beans, Basil and Raspberries.

I know I have gone on and on about the raspberries in the past but they are soooooo good.   As in, I’m thinking about making the two hour round trip drive out there to pick some more.   That good.

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And, if you were wondering why it’s worth it to get more raspberries, this is what happens to the ones in the CSA box when they get to my house:

The Raspberry Goblin inhales them.   Photo evidence.

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Oh, well.   There’s worse things for a kid to get excited about, right??

As for the rest of the haul, I’m thinking there is a basil, tomato, pepper salad in my future with some feta cheese and a vinaigrette.   I love fresh ingredients.   Yum.

On the other hand, I have a serious amount of garlic just sitting on my counter.   I’m feeling a big roasting session coming on this weekend.   It’s easy and the garlic keeps well.   Bonus features:   no vampires at my house and easy spreadable garlic on demand for every piece of french bread that I can find.

Do you like roasted garlic?   Any new ideas for how to use it?   I love garlic in everything.   Share something creative with me!


Great Basin Basket CSA, Week 7 (08/22/13)

 

 

It’s another great week of veggies in Nevada.   I am so happy to be back in the CSA.   I get super excited for Thursdays because I know there will be a new veggie box.   Nom nom nom!

What’s this week’s haul?   All organic–I know I say that every week but it’s really that important.   Those peeps out at Lattin Farms work hard to keep their freshies fresh, the old-school way!

  • Sarah’s Choice Cantaloupe
  • Seedless Watermelon
  • Mixed Summer Squash
  • Islander Peppers
  • Slicing Cucumber
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Japanese Eggplant
  • Early Girl Tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Garlic
  • Basil from Mewaldt Organics
  • Green Beans from River Bend Farms
  • White Onions from Pioneer Farms

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Here’s a close up of the basil — can you smell it?   I was trying to inhale the bag on the way home in the car.   I love fresh basil.

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Ya know what goes well with basil?    Tomatoes!  I see a caprese salad in my future …

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Great Basin Basket CSA, Week 6 (08/15/13)

 

 

What’s in this week’s Veggie Box?    Take a look:

(all organic)  yellow canary melon, Sarah’s choice melon, seedless watermelon, mixed summer squash, islander peppers, slicing cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, globe eggplant, bobcat tomatoes, corn, parsley from Mewaldt Organics and green beans from River Bend Farms

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I’ll go ahead and apologize for the crappy, blurry photos.   I must have been excited about veggies and didn’t take the time to do a better job.   Oh, well.   Better luck next week.

 

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What am I going to cook with all of these fine goodies?    Well, we are going camping this weekend so the squash, eggplant and corn are going straight on the grill.   I plan to eat most of the watermelon straight off the rind while sitting on the beach and, yup, if I do find a seed … I’m just gonna spit it right out on the ground, hillbilly-style.    This box is pure summer and I’m going to enjoy it as such.

I haven’t posted any recipes or cooking adventures lately because we haven’t really done anything exciting with the fruits and veggies other than just eat them.   Raw.   Au naturale.    I love a good salad or to just throw some veggies on the BBQ with a steak.   You can only post so many pictures of that on a blog.    Uh … I guess there was a little bit of bacon involved in a green bean cooking incident.   I could have posted that.   You can never see enough bacon, right?

What are you making cooking plans for right now?


The Veggie Box is Back!

I have returned from the desert wasteland of fresh options in Northern Nevada to report that I should have just stayed with my tried and true CSA box from last year.   The co-op in town is good but not convenient for me.   The other basket/subscriptions are OK but not always local.   And, the farmer’s markets are less than I had hoped for in my area.

The Great Basin Basket CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscription by Lattin Farms is the way to go.   For real.   Boom.   Don’t mess around with anything else.   Know that your farmer is in Fallon and your food is fresh.   Done.

You can expect to see weekly reports from me about what’s in the box through the fall and I will gladly pay whatever the subscription costs because it has always proven to be completely worth it.   I managed to get in on the summer subscription after it had already started and the membership coordinator happily pro-rated my weeks through September.   This costs $29 a week.   Paid in full, in advance with eager anticipation.

Here’s what I received today:

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All organic summer squash, seedless watermelon, sweet peppers, eggplant, early girl tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, garlic and a Galia melon from Lattin Farms.  There is also a bag of green beans from River Bend Farms and two big red torpedo onions from Pioneer Farms.

Aren’t these onions glorious?

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What’s a Galia melon?   According to the handy dandy instruction sheet that comes in every veggie box, a Galia melon looks “like a cantaloupe on the outside and a honeydew melon on the inside and offer a delicious, sweet flavor.”   All I know is that it smells like heaven.   This should be really good this weekend when it’s hot outside and I’m craving something cool and sweet.

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I can’t wait to taste those little yellow cherry tomatoes.   nom nom nom

 

Can you believe that I’m even excited to see the eggplant?  Now, if I could only remember which blog posted an eggplant recipe recently that actually looked good.    Any suggestions on that one?

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For my pepper peeps, these are Antohi Romanian Sweet Peppers and the veggie instructions included an interesting story about them:

“Jan Antohi was a touring acrobat when he defected to the United States.  In late 1991, he visited his family in Romania for the first time in more than 8 years, and came back with seeds of this delicious heirloom.   Romanians fry these in a hot skillet to experience the sweet, full flavor.”   

I remember these peppers from last summer and can attest … THEY ARE TASTY!

I’m excited to try some new recipes and share them with you again.   Tonight’s menu is easy:  grilled chicken and grilled summer squash.   Put ’em on the BBQ and get ‘er done!  Yum.


2013 CSA Prices

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I’m super excited for CSA season to start back up here in Northern Nevada.   The prices and season options for my CSA, Great Basin Basket CSA, are now available and I thought I would put them out to the blogosphere for some feedback.  The dollar amount of the box is about the same as last year but the seasons have been shortened by several weeks in the beginning and at the end.   Also, the prices do not include a fruit subscription.   The fruit subscription will be separate and has not been priced as of yet.

What do you think?   If you are a subscriber somewhere else, how do these prices compare to yours?

Here’s the details:

BASKET OPTIONS
Spring 8/4 weeks (May 7-June 27)  Weekly- $216  Bi-weekly- $120
Summer 12/6 weeks (July 9-Sept 26)  Weekly- $348  Bi-weekly- $192
Autumn 6/3 weeks (Oct 1-Nov 7)  Weekly- $162  Bi-weekly- $90
All three seasons! 26 weeks  Weekly- $726  Bi-weekly- $402
Basket shares feed 3-4. Bi-weekly shares are delivered as follows: Last name begins with A-K: delivery begins on
first & odd weeks. Last name begins with L-Z: delivery begins on second and even weeks. No exceptions, please.
Bi-weekly memberships will be notified of your delivery dates.

Weekly subscription prices: Spring-$27 per week; Summer-$29 per week; Autumn-$27 per week. Bi-weekly subscriptions have an additional $3 per week surcharge.
PAYMENT OPTIONS
 Payment plan option: Send $50 deposit to reserve your seasons, and the balance for each season will be due
one week before the season begins.* Final payment for Spring is due April 30; Summer is due July 2; Autumn is
due Sept. 24. The deposit is applied to your subscription.

EARLY PAYMENT BONUSES FOR 2013 SEASON
 Subscribe and pay for Three seasons of Weekly share ($726) by March 31, and receive $50 in GBC Market Dollars*.
 Subscribe and pay for Two seasons of Weekly share by March 31, and receive $20 in GBC Market Dollars*.
 Subscribe and pay for Three seasons of Bi-weekly share by March 31 ($402), and receive $20 in GBC Market Dollars.
*GBC Market Dollars: These bonus dollars can be used to purchase produce and value-added products from selected Great Basin Basket farmers at local farmers markets and farm stands.

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To be fair, I loved my CSA subscription last year and have nothing but wonderful things to say about it.   But, I do have to admit the price is a little spendy and I’m not sure if I want to do it again this year.    Give me some feedback!   I’m waffling on the veggies here!


2012 CSA Year in Review

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It has been a couple of weeks since the CSA box subscription stopped and I don’t know why it has been hard to me to get this blog post done.    Maybe, this means it’s over and I don’t know what to do with blogging or, more accurately, I’m ready for a little break in the blog.    It doesn’t hurt that the holidays are here and I’m a little busy with other things so I have decent excuses for not being as actively posting.   At any rate, here’s the breakdown for my first year of community supported agriculture …

The first thing everyone has asked me when talking about this whole CSA thing is “How much did it cost?”   My family signed up for the full share, weekly box, that should feed 3-4 people.   There are other, cheaper options if you are single or only want to get a box every other week.  The full share pricing was:

  • Spring weekly – $270
  • Summer weekly – $348
  • Autumn weekly – $216
  • Summer fruit – $270
  • Autumn fruit – $90
  • TOTAL – $1149, paid in advance
Almost $1200 seems like a lot for fruit and veggies but here’s a better translation for what that really meant to me:
  • The CSA schedule ran for seven months, 28 weeks.   ($1149/28= $41 per week)
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Did I get $41 worth of produce each week?   No.  The idea of average cost applies to this whole CSA box thing.  The spring weeks were mostly greens and are definitely smaller.   The late fall boxes are pumpkins, squash and potatoes.    Now, those fruit and veggie boxes through mid-summer were FULL!    The value over time was huge!    I canned and froze and saved and shared all summer long.   For the smaller boxes in the spring, the summer and fall boxes absolutely made up for the difference.  If you have been following this blog for very long, you have seen all of the boxes and recipes and fun that I have had.   That’s what this blog is really about — it was just an outlet for all of the meal planning and extra effort that I put into this experience.   I have to say that I had a lot of fun with it but it wasn’t without a TON of work.    I learned all about all kinds of new-to-me vegetables.  I’ve never been a Betty Crocker-type but I like to have dinner at home with my family.   The CSA experience is all about eating with your family — otherwise, those fresh veggies will go to waste.   And, who wants that?
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That’s the downside to the CSA thing.   You can’t be lazy about it.   There is a commitment to the CSA box.   You have be in full gear to make use of whatever arrives each week or it will go bad on you in a hurry.   Then, you have spent money for nothing and, frankly, missed out on probably the best food you could put your hands on for your area.  There is really something to be said for the whole “Know Your Farmer” concept.   I feel fantastic knowing that I spent my money locally on organic foods that were grown by a real farm in my area.   That’s gold in my book.  If you haven’t done it already, find your local CSA or farmer’s market and make a plan to try this for yourself next year.    It is completely worth the effort.    Try this website to see what resources are available where you live:   Know Your Farmer
In the meantime, I’m working on a Top 10 list for this year and posting some of the highlights later this week.   Any votes for Reader’s Favorite?   Just add your favorite in the comments and keep checking to see which post is the favorite for the year!
And, if you would like to see some of the other things that I have been doing out in the world, please visit my photoblog at www.gingerleaphotography.com

Fall CSA, Week Eight–The Season Finale

Can you believe we started this adventure in April and the 2012 season is already done?    Time flies when you are having fun!

The last veggie box is here and I am ready for Thanksgiving.   And, I am thankful for this year’s CSA.   I had no idea what it would be like and I have enjoyed every bit.   I am especially thankful for the awesome little farm that makes this happen, Lattin Farms.   They rule!   I added some links below to the other farms on the veggie list.  Please take the time to give them a click.  Fallon and Yerington, Nevada, don’t look like much on the map but the farms out there seriously know what they are doing.

So, what’s in the veggie box?

  • Butternut Squash
  • Speckled Hound Squash
  • Bull’s Blood Beet Greens
  • Spinach
  • Tango Lettuce
  • Gourmet Lettuce
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Popcorn on the Cob
  • Ornamental Gourds
  • Sunchokes from Mewaldt Organics
  • Onions from Peri & Sons
  • Potatoes from Carroll Farms

HOLY, ORVILLE REDENBACHER!   We have real popcorn!   This going to be so much fun for movie night!   (I have tried 10,000 ways to rotate this photo and failed.  Then, I decided it was just as cute sideways.   Oh, well.  We are silly that way.)

And, what would the veggie box be without a mystery vegetable??   This final box did not disappoint.  At first, I thought these mysterous tubers were part of a seriously generous bag of fresh ginger.   But, whoa, that would be A LOT of ginger!   I was quickly informed that these are sunchokes or Jerusalem artichokes.   I will be Googling ideas for what to do with them.   Any suggestions?

I don’t always point it out on the veggie list but almost everything is completely organic, especially the Lattin Farms produce.   That’s a big deal.   The official certification process to call your food “organic” is pretty complicated and Lattin Farms is the real thing.   Here’s some more info and a link if you would like to check it out:

“What is organic food? Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations.  Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones.  Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation.  Before a product can be labeled ‘organic,’ a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards.  Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.”

Consumer Brochure, USDA National Organic Program, http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop/Consumers/brochure.html

The best resource for Nevada grown produce and everything related is:   http://nevadagrown.com/    They have some links on the site for other states but this has quickly become my go-to spot for local goodies.   I hope you can find one like it for where you live.

After all of the Thanksgiving festivities, I will post the season highlights/lowlights with cost information for the CSA.   I have enjoyed this experience and it has made me interested in being a better localvore.    I think there are some good resources in the Reno area to make this happen so … stay tuned.   I’ll still be posting my adventures throughout the winter.   Happy Thanksgiving to you all!


Fall CSA, Week Seven, and “Hey, Look at My Nut Sack!”

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Squash season continues!  This box has some delightful fall goodies in it.    What did I get this week?

  • Speckled hound squash (that’s the pumpkin-looking thing … that I have no clue what to do with, by the way)
  • Butternut Squash
  • Carrots
  • Tango Lettuce (my hubs favorite)
  • Shallots
  • Thyme
  • Onion
  • Potatoes
  • Dried flowers from the fabulous Debbie Colbentz (she did the pepper ristras last week, too)

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The dried flowers were perfectly cute and just the right thing for this box of CSA-happiness.   I hung them in my kitchen right next to the peppers.   Thanks, Debbie.   This made me smile.

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There’s only one more week of veggie boxes, people.    What am I going to do after this is all over for the year?   I imagine there will be a long list of things that I am thankful for with the holiday next week.   I am definitely thankful that I tried this whole CSA thing.   The organic farms in my area are the best!

OH — bonus, this week!    Check out my nuts:

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This bag of walnuts is not from my CSA but, even better, these walnuts are from a friend.   My husband brought them home last night and I thought would share it with the blog-o-sphere.   (hahaha … omgawd … I just realized that I am posting a picture of my husband’s nuts on the internet!   He will be so proud.)

OK, juvenile humor aside, does anyone have any ideas for what I should do with these nuts?   Any walnut fans out there?


Fall CSA, Week Six

The air is cold and there is a storm coming over the mountains.    It is going to snow tonight.  This makes me realize that there are only a few more weeks of the CSA boxes left to enjoy and I am a little sad.

That is … until I see the goodies in this week’s box.   What did I get?

  • spaghetti squash
  • delicata squash
  • carrots
  • turnips
  • carrots
  • mizuna and mixed lettuce
  • parsley
  • onions
  • potatoes
  • radishes

AND … a chile pepper ristra from Debbie Coblentz.

What’s a chile pepper ristra?   According to the CSA newsletter, it is Mexican folklore that hanging a ristra on your door or in your home brings good luck.   The ristra is a bunch of hot peppers attached together by a string that have been dried.   The note on the peppers suggests putting a little bit in recipes throughout the year and to use them up by next spring.

Isn’t it cute??

 

 


Fall CSA, Week Three

What did we get this week?

Organic Summer Squash, Organic Peppers, Organic Tango Lettuce, Organic Acorn Squash, Organic Butternut Squash, Organic Cherry Tomatoes, Organic Tomatoes, Fennel Bulb from Salisha’s Delicious, Purslane from Debbie Coblentz, Apples from Friendly Fernley Franklin Farms and Green Beans from River Bend Turf Farms.

I am pretty excited about that fennel bulb.   It smells amazing.    And, even my husband was excited to see lettuce again.    It will not go to waste.

The fruit share from Kelley’s Canyon Orchard is a FULL box of apples, pears and I think I saw a peach or two in there.   The box is super heavy.   I am going to have my work cut out for me this week finding ways to preserve these apples.    I took a full basket of apples to my office earlier this week trying to get people to eat them before they go bad.    It’s definitely APPLE SEASON!

Anyone want some apples?     OH!   Maybe, I’ll make something yummy to send to pre-school with my little guy and he can share with the 60 other kids.    Hmmm … any suggestions?

 


Fall CSA, Week One

Time flies when you are having fun.   Can you believe that this CSA adventure started six months ago?   Wow.    I had no idea how amazing the whole process would be.    Or, that I would enjoy blogging about it this much.

So, what’s in the veggie box this week?    It was another hefty load.   I carried both the fruit and veggies boxes but probably should have opted for a cart again.   Heavy squashes make for quite a workout.

This week’s contents are a nice bag of mixed peppers, garlic, early girl tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, A PUMPKIN! (Winter Luxury), acorn squash, two bags of summer squash, green beans, parsley, purslane (what’s that?  click HERE) and potatoes.

The fruit box was full of all kinds of apples, more peaches and pears and a nice sprinkle of prunes.   I have a cool recipe post for prunes coming up later this week.   Keep an eye out for it.

I just have to add another photo with that pumpkin.   I think it is adorable.

The volunteer at the CSA pickup site said this is a good baking pumpkin.   I don’t know what your weekend plans are but I’m thinking that my oven will be going … roasting pumpkins and squash all weekend.    Any suggestions or tips??

 


Summer CSA, Week Twelve

What’s in the last box of summer?    Loads of great stuff, that’s what!


Cherry tomatoes, cinnamon basil (yes, it totally smells like cinnamon!), garlic, mixed peppers, eggplant (omg-ugh), onions, summer squash, delicata squash, acorn squash, heirloom tomatoes, early girl tomatoes, potatoes and radishes

YUM!

What’s in the fruit share this week?

Peaches, pears, apples and PRUNES!    I have never seen a real, live FRESH prune before today.    Hmmm.   I wonder what they taste like raw-not dehydrated?    Stay tuned.   Later this week, we’ll find out …

But, for tonight, there is a little boy who loves apples!

Look, Mom, NO HANDS!


Harvest Time Down on the Farm

Remember when I visited Lattin Farms earlier this year?   No?   Here’s the post will all of the spring time happenings for the main farm of my CSA box.   They are located in Fallon, Nevada, which is about an hour from my house.

It’s a cornstalk cornucopia!

I had the chance to drop by again for some goodies and took more pictures.    I love to see the changes in seasons, and I will probably go back next month to do all of the October festivities including the corn maze, pumpkin-lit holiday tree and family fun that they have going on down on the farm.   This was just a quick stop but there were definitely plenty of things going on at the roadside market.

These pumpkins and squash were really PINK!

Don’t you love these zeppelin squash?

My favorite: Lemon Cucumber!

The best little roadside market in Nevada

Whoa. That’s a lotta gourds, pumpkins, squash and HUGE zucchinis!

If you would like to know more about Lattin Farms, please check them out at www.lattinfarms.com.


Summer CSA, Week Eleven

Even though the nights are getting chilly, the days are still warm and the harvest continues …  what’s in this week’s CSA?

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For the veggie share we have lots of tomatoes and even a couple more pretty heirloom ones, lovely purple basil (drool), jalapeno peppers and a big bell pepper, eggplant/ughplant, THREE different kinds of green beans, potatoes, summer squash, garlic and two nice looking yellow onions.

For the fruit share, the big box has peaches, pears and apples.   And, my helper in the photo is eating the raspberries and grapes.   He snatched those up the minute I walked in the door!

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I’m thinking about trying to remember one of my Grammy’s old recipes for green beans with new potatoes in the slow cooker with a nice, salty ham hock.    Yup.   That sounds like a meal plan to me!   What’s on your meal plan for this week?