Veggie Madness: CSA Week 1

Last Wednesday our CSA [Community Supported Agriculture] farm share began. I managed to throw my back out at work on Tuesday so I didn’t think to take photos of the veg when it arrived and couldn’t sit long enough to update anything until today, but week 1 was great. I wish there were more veggies!

We have only a half share. Last week we received:

  • 1/2 large head heirloom red-spotted romaine (Forellenschlus, “troutback” in German)
  • 1/2 bunch spinach with red stems
  • 1.5 cups sugar snap peas
  • 4 large red radishes
  • 1/2 bunch arugula
  • 1/2 bunch tatsoi (also known as spoon mustard)
  • 9 garlic scapes (also known as green garlic, just the stem that grows above ground on garlic– if you cut it off in Spring the garlic bulb below ground will grow larger as the energy isn’t taken away towards the flower)
garlic scapes (above)

We’ve finished everything except for the parsley and have just three garlic scapes left. Just in time for tomorrow’s next CSA pick up.

How was it used?

  • I made a huge salad for our Sunday Father’s Day bbq with the romaine and spinach and thinly sliced radishes (also added cukes, cherry tomatoes and kalamata olives)
  • We snacked on the snap peas like candy…. mmmm
  • Chris and I had my favorite arugula salad, just arugula with fresh lemon juice, evoo, and shaved pecorino romano
  • I used 5 of the garlic scapes in a yummy (and garlicky) cannellini bean dip for a Friday Father’s Day party for Phil. 2 cans cannellini beans, evoo, 5 scapes, salt, pepper, fresh lemon juice, all pureed in the food processor. Great on crackers, bread sticks and bagel chips. 🙂
  • Tonight Chris made rigatoni with tatsoi and peas. It was delicious, but we wished we had more tatsoi. I know they call it spoon mustard, but it didn’t really taste mustardy at all to me, just mild like baby bok choi. When it was raw it tasted like broccoli stems to me. He sauteed the tatsoi with evoo and one grated garlic scape, and added a little chicken broth. Then we gave it a good dose of grated pecorino. Delicious!
rigatoni with peas and tatsoi and lots of pecorino  🙂

It’s easy to eat veggies when you get great stuff like this. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s pickup. I’ll be sure to get a photo of the lot before I eat it all next time.  🙂

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