Today was the 4th pick up for the Fresh Fork CSA.  We were expecting the following items.

Small CSA:

  • 1 package chicken bratwursts (1.25 lb)
  • 1 bunch garlic scapes
  • Approx 1.5 lb tomatoes
  • 1 quart strawberries
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 1 head leaf lettuce
  • 2 ct zucchini or yellow squash
  • 4 oz tub fresh chevre goat cheese

Here is what we received.






So, our cheese was different, but it should be tasty.  And we ended up with one of each for the squash.  I could tell that strawberry season was ending as they aren’t in the best shape.  It’s another yummy week.

Also, we bought 2 bags of the corn chips that were included a couple of weeks ago.  I have taco salad on the menu and these are delicious.  They were $3 each – $6.


We did pretty good with last week’s items.  I haven’t really thought about the new batch.


Today was the second pick up for the Geauga Family Farms CSA.  As usual, we had no idea what we would receive.  A newsletter comes out that gives us an idea of what we may receive, but I usually don’t see it before our pickup.  Today was the second pick up and also the second time the truck was late.  Both times, it arrived before we did, so we haven’t had to wait for them.  I’m not sure what will happen next week since we want to come to the farm visit.  Maybe I’ll enlist some assistance from my husband.  Even with an on-time truck arriving at Whole Foods by 4pm, it will be tough to pick up, store and get to the farm by 6pm.

Here’s what we received:


Let’s take a closer look.

1 bunch of kale, 2 containers of strawberries


2 tomatoes, 1 dozen eggs


garlic scapes, green onions


pickling cucumbers, lots of lettuce (3 bags with 4 heads total)


Here’s our plan of attack:

This week, we plan to have several salads with the lettuce.  I’ve been making spelt and quinoa and also using beans in some salads.  I’ll pickle the cucumbers.  I’m glad I stocked up on the spices for them.  I’ll need to double check our vinegar stock.  Some of the onions and garlic scape will be used in a batch of taco filling and the rest will be used in a sauté with mushrooms for the top of burgers or chopped and frozen.  There aren’t too many of them, so that might all got in the taco filling.  The tomatoes will go in the taco filling also.  I’ve been making baked oatmeal, scrambled eggs and hard boiled eggs so the eggs have been easy to use in a timely fashion.  Also, they have a long shelf life.  We just picked some strawberries and made jam today, so these will most likely get eaten.  If we feel like we have too many, we’ll make some strawberry ice cream or freeze them for later.

So, I’m left without a plan for kale.  It’s an item that we only received twice last year, and I don’t have a “go to” dish in mind.  Some quick searching in Google gave me lots of ideas.  Now, I have to think about it.  We have plans to eat dinner away from home Wednesday and Thursday , so kale will have to be lunch for us one day or for dinner on Friday.  I’m leaning toward steaming it with vinegar, garlic scapes and green onion.

Update on last week:

Since the bread was opened for a snack on the way home, Nick, Sally and my husband had no trouble making sure it was eaten.  The bok choy went into an Asian tofu stir fry along with some of the garlic scapes and green onions.  The eggs were used in regular cooking and the cucumber and lettuce were used in salads.  Some of the strawberries were eaten and the rest went with some others we had to make jam.  The rest of the green onions and garlic scapes went into a Mexican filling for salad.


This week in our CSA, we received many items that fit into a Mexican theme.  It seemed appropriate to create a taco salad.


Recipe: Taco Salad

Summary: All ingredients are approximate as I don’t really measure much.


  • 1 T olive oil
  • 3 garlic scapes, chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 pound local grass fed ground beef
  • 1 cup black beans (already cooked or canned)
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 T Penzeys taco seasoning
  • 2 cups quinoa with cilantro, prepared
  • handful of corn chips per person
  • bed of lettuce per person


  1. Heat olive oil in skillet.
  2. Add garlic scapes and onion and cook for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add ground beef and cook until beef is almost done.
  4. Drain off grease and return to pan.
  5. Add tomatoes, beans, water and taco seasoning.
  6. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, simmer until tomatoes are done and sauce is thickened.
  7. Assemble 1/3 cup quinoa and 1/6 of the filling on top of the lettuce.
  8. Add a handful of corn chips to each plate.

Quick notes

To make the quinoa, use a rice cooker. You need 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water. I used previously frozen chopped cilantro that was frozen into ice cubes with water to make up some of the water. Add the cubes to a measuring cup and fill with water to desired level. You can always add fresh cilantro or leave it out.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6






Today was our third pick up for the Fresh Fork CSA.  We were expecting the following items.

Small CSA:

  • 1 lb grassfed ground beef
  • 1 qt organic strawberries
  • Approx 1.5 lbs slicing tomatoes
  • 1 head leaf lettuce
  • 1 bag (16 oz) corn chips
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1-2 zucchini
  • 1 bunch field grown spinach (braising greens)
  • 1 half gallon milk

Here is what we received.






Update on last week:  We didn’t blanch any radishes, so we need to use them up.  We haven’t used our eggs or spelt berries yet.  The sausage ended up in a quinoa salad dish.  I’ll be posting that recipe this weekend.  I think everything else was enjoyed.

Here’s our plan of attack for this week:

The strawberries were made into jam this evening.  The milk we’ll enjoy with our cereals.  The spinach is going into a Camembert cheese pasta dish.  Most of the other items will be part of a Mexican themed dinner and I’ll freeze the left over cilantro if needed.  A few of my cubes from last week were used as part of the liquid for quinoa and it was delicious.  I haven’t decided about the zucchini yet.


Today was our first pick up for the Geauga Family Farms CSA.  Sometimes we get a “what’s in season this week list”, but usually surprised when we pick up our items for the week.

Here is what we received.


Let’s take a closer look.

2 containers of strawberries (approximately 2 quarts), 3 tomatoes


loaf of wheat bread (that was sampled on the way home), 1/2 dz. eggs


small head of green leaf lettuce, 2 small heads of another variety of leaf lettuce


bok choy, 2 different views


garlic scapes, cucumber


green onions


I’ll be back tomorrow to share our plan of attack for consumption.