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Several years ago I read on The Buzz about people getting CSA boxes. It sounded wonderful! CSA is Community Supported Agriculture and an opportunity for “city slickers” like myself to get weeks and weeks of fresh produce from a local nearby farm. I researched
it, but nobody in my area was offering CSA boxes…until now! There is a local farm that offers produce for sale in the summer and fun activities for families. Last year between the Halloween and Thanksgiving season, I carried my entire family (the Grands and
their parents) to Cedar Hill Farm, which offered hayrides, games, corn mazes, chicken shows, and lots of other fun activities. This year is their first year to involve the community in CSA. Needless to say, I jumped on it!
I received my first box last week. It contained kale, collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, strawberries, radishes, broccoli, and cauliflower. I turned immediately to allrecipes.com as my source for what to do with all this wonderful produce.
As soon as I got home with my box, I began washing and de-stemming the collard, turnip, and mustard greens for
PERFECT MIXED GREENS. I have never cared for greens, but my husband loves them. I’ve never thought I could cook them because I don’t know how they should taste. Well, I decided to tackle this
recipe and just go for it. I followed it completely except I cut way down on the sugar. It seemed like an excessive amount to me. Guess what? My husband loved MY greens…and so did I! Guess I’m a greens convert.
I steamed the cauliflower for dinner one night and added some Parmesan cheese on top. Fresh cauliflower is much better than store-bought!
I have heard about kale for ages but never tasted it, so I was excited to try it. The first thing I made was a salad – SUPER SUMMER KALE SALAD.
The next recipe I made with the kale was SUPER-DELICIOUS ZUPPA TOSCANA, which calls for spinach, but I subbed kale (a common
ingredient in this soup).
I used the radishes in salads. One salad I made, ENSALADA DE RABANO Y ZANAHORIA, was from the Mexico site. It was so good!
(Just in case you’re curious, you can copy a recipe from a foreign language allrecipes site and paste it into Google Translate. Voilà…the recipe in English!)
I used the broccoli in a broccoli-cheese soup, SOPA DE BROCOLI Y QUESO, also from the Mexico site. Another winner!
And finally, the strawberries? Oh my, this is how strawberries are supposed to taste. No big white middle to these berries. Just beautiful, ripe red fruit all the way through. We just ate most of them…washed, capped, and popped whole in the mouth! But I did
make one recipe with them, Strawberry Smoothie with Ice Cream. The difference in this Mexican recipe (LICUADO DE FRESA CON HELADO)
was that it had cinnamon in it. I’ve never had cinnamon in my ice cream, but I like it!
So, my first CSA box of goodies is gone, and now I can’t wait to get the next one! I‘ll be getting them every other week. I look forward to blogging about them and letting you know what all I cook using my fresh vegetables and fruits.