Last week was Week 2 of participating in a Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA. A CSA allows a group of people to buy a share of the farms expenses and in return you get a weekly, in my case, box of the farm’s harvest. A CSA is the best way to get a variety of veggies that are locally grown in the peak of freshness (make sure they are organic too). I’m so excited to see what veggies I’m going to be able to use to create delicious meals for the week.
This week our CSA box contained:
- Curly Kale
- Yellow Squash
- Golden Beets
- Green Beans
- Mixed Greens (not pictured)
- Lambs Quarter
- Squash Blossoms
So what did I make with those veggies?
- I made Kale Chips with the curly kale. Kale Chips are so versatile and easy to try new seasonings.
- I used my new Spiral Slicer to make “noodles” out the of the yellow squash, but I also made dessert with it too….Paleo Brownies!
- The carrots with roasted with some Celtic Sea Salt, Black Pepper, and Garlic Powder.
- I sauteed the onions with some bacon and yellow squash. I served it with some homemade breakfast sausage on the side.
- I made Marinated Golden Beets, but you should definitely read about how I found out they were Golden Beets.
- I made Bacon Wrapped Green Beans with green beans in my CSA Box.
- The mixed greens and lambs quarter ended up as the base of my lunch salads during the week. I usually throw leftover veggies and the protein I have left from the night before onto the salad greens and dress them with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
- The squash blossoms I stuffed (remove the inside of the flower first) with a chicken salad mixture of leftover chicken, mashed avocado, and crumbled bacon. I mixed everything together and added some salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. I pan fried the squash blossoms in some coconut oil over medium high heat until they were golden brown.
- I made Homemade Dill Pickles with the cucumbers and dill.
We definitely got a lot of use out of our Week 2 CSA. We continue to be amazed with how fresh and flavorful the veggies taste. There is a noticeable difference between store bought and farm fresh. Not only do the vegetables taste better, but they are also cheaper than the grocery store. What a great combo!
Have you ever been a part of a CSA?
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