We walked with our new baby to the farm on Friday for the first share pick up of the season. I almost let David go by himself, as I was feeling pretty tired, but I'm so glad I tagged along. How could I not visit the farm during the first week? The farm looked beautiful with rows and rows of lush green plants growing all around and the first flowers of the season. I picked delicious strawberries and a handful of dill, and David collected our vegetables. Can you guess what our share consisted of this week? Greens! Kale, bok choy, chard, broccoli, red leaf lettuce and another head of lettuce for which I cannot recall the name. Bibb, perhaps? We also received 2 radishes. Yes, you read that correctly. Two. We are splitting our share with another couple again this year, and since I planted a whole bunch of radishes this spring, we forfeitted our half of radish share. I love the csa's radishes and I know we'll be allowed to take many more before long, so I didn't really feel like we missed out on anything this week.
What will I be doing with these tasty greens, you might be asking? Good question. I'm not really sure. I think for this first week, we will be enjoying them in simple recipes (read: I didn't get my act together and I am suffering from a lack of creativity and energy these days, so salads are looking pretty good right now). We used the chard, combined with thinly sliced yellow onions, in a last-minute quiche for brunch over the weekend. Here's my recipe from last year. And here's a simple, fresh, and easy salad recipe.
As for my personal little vegetable garden, there are snap peas and lots of radishes that are looking (and tasting) glorious. I've realized, however, that if I ever want enough peas to use as the main ingredient in a dish, I'm going to have to plant many, many more seeds. I can't complain, though, as nothing beats eating fresh snap peas right off the vine! The onions are thriving, cilantro that had gone to seed last year is popping up in places I'd never have guessed, my beets are looking great, and the tomato plants seem to be happy and healthy! This is all great news, as I've been neglectful towards the garden with my limited time and list of to do's getting longer by the day.
Ok, on to brainstorming and researching for recipe ideas...