Last week, I was still on vacation for week 4, so I didn’t do a pick up.  My friend Kelly was nice enough to send me a few photos.  I was jealous when I received them on my phone, even though I was at the beach.  I love her photos!


Here’s the list of items for the week:

  • 1 quart of yogurt
  • 1 pt of black raspberries
  • Assorted tree fruit
  • 1 package Italian Sausage links, 1.25 lbs.
  • 2 ct zucchini
  • 1 bunch radishes
  • 1 head green leaf lettuce
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 head kohlrabi
  • 1 red bulb onion
  • 1.5 lbs hoop house tomatoes
  • 2 ct cucumbers
  • 1 head broccoli or cauliflower, whichever comes in
  • 1 jar strawberry balsamic sauce made from leftover week 1 strawberries

The highlights were the fruit.  She received apricots, plums as an add on, raspberries, and Clark Pope Catering’s Roasted Strawberry Balsamic Sauce.  Kelly mentioned that the plum were like heaven in a paper bag.  Even though I wasn’t here last week, I was able to get a bottle of the sauce.  I’m excited to try it out.


Now onto this week’s bag!

It was 95 degrees when we picked up our bag.  This has been one hot day!  I was glad to quickly get everything home and unloaded.


Here’s what we were expecting to receive:

  • 1 whole chicken or pork roast
  • 1 bunch beets
  • 2 bulb onions
  • 1 bunch carrots or 1 head kohlrabi
  • Approx. 2# tomatoes
  • 1 baby bok choy
  • 2 lbs. peaches
  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 1 lb. garlic scape and black pepper linguini
  • 2 lbs. apricots
  • 2 ct. cucumbers
  • 2 ct. zucchini

We love the spinach.  It’s quite versatile.  We already used some in our white sauce tonight.  I’m not a big tomato person.  I think they are “guishy”.  I’m such a texture eater.  I’m not sure if I’ll ever like them.  Some other Fresh Fork CSA folks were talking about having a tomato tasting party.  I might be swayed to participate if that were to occur.  For now, these will be eaten by Stephen and Nick or I’ll use them in sauce.


I have a total of 4 zucchini and I am making fritters for lunch tomorrow.  I’m not sure why we got extra cucumbers, but they are great for snacking and salads.  Since we don’t have any lettuce at the moment, I suspect these will become snacks for the weekend.  I may try my hand at a quick relish.


Some of the onion will go into our pulled pork and coleslaw recipes.  The rest will be chopped and frozen for future use.  We ate almost all of the carrots at dinner.  The leftover ones will be gone at lunch tomorrow.


Our apricots aren’t going to last long.  They are very ripe.  I’m thinking of making smoothies with them tomorrow since it’s going to be another scorcher.  I contemplated an apricot dessert, but I’m not sure I want to turn on the oven.  Maybe, I’ll get creative.  We’ve been enjoying peaches in our oatmeal each morning.  With 4 of us, these won’t last long.


Bok choy always stumps me.  I just don’t have a great go to recipe for it.  It usually just ends up in a stir fry for Stephen.  I’m going to make pulled pork with the roast tomorrow.  I am going to put the crock pot in the basement so our whole house doesn’t heat up while it cooks.


We’re going to grill the beets this week.  We have a kohlrabi to use as well.  We didn’t get our pasta when we picked up our bag.  Since I was out anyway, I stopped back to get it on our way home from the spray ground.  It went straight to boiling water for dinner and had already missed it’s photo opportunity.


I’m not going to say that every CSA week is easy, but I like feeling like I finally have the hang of it.  I’m looking forward to eating fresh and local this weekend.


Today was a crazy day.  We ran errands before our trip the gym.  Then, we had an indoor picnic before heading home.  Sally napped for a short time.  Nick napped for a short time after I decided that driving them around in the car was my best bet for some quiet time.  Then, it was off to swimming.  While Nick took his lesson, Sally and I swam.  By the time we made it to pick up our CSA, I was pretty done.  I was glad that they weren’t busy and we were able to do a rare drive thru pick up.  Thanks to Eric and Robert for having bags all ready to go.  It was great with the tired kids!

Here’s what we were expecting to receive this week:

  • 1 pork roast
  • 1 half pint raspberry jalapeno jam
  • 1/2 lb. mixed salad greens
  • 1 pt. pickled banana peppers, hot or medium
  • Frozen fruit (cantaloupe or watermelon, great for smoothies)
  • 1 head cabbage
  • 2 lbs. turnips
  • 1 lb. cracked black pepper linguini
  • quarter peck Fuji apples

Here’s a group shot:


Apples are always welcome for snacking and oatmeal.  I’ll probably do the roast in a crockpot recipe this week.   I’m trying to use the crock pot more so we can enjoy dinner without last minute prep and cooking.  It really helps with the dishes if we only have to do the ones we used to actually eat after dinner time.


I’m at a loss with the peppers.  We don’t really eat much hot food.  These are supposed to be mild so maybe they will appear in some fajitas or chili soon.  I’m hoping the jam is more sweet than hot and that the jalapeno adds more flavor than bite.  I’ll have to let you know.


The greens are pretty standard.  They aren’t really my favorite this time of year.  The frozen fruit will be lucky to be in our freezer by this time tomorrow.  The kids are excited about smoothies.


The Fresh Fork CSA staff has been giving us lots of ideas for the turnips.  I haven’t decided which recipe to go with, but I want to use them tomorrow or Saturday. I popped the pasta in the freezer.  It will make a quick meal one day this week.


I’ve been making unstuffed cabbage with much of our cabbage this winter.  It’s easy and I can make it in the crockpot.  I suspect that will appear on our table this week.


Even with the drive thru pickup, we still had our $3.50 ready just in case Robert had some corn chips.  Everyone was hungry after swimming and these kept everyone entertained for the drive home.


I really like the variety of staple and storage items that we get to try out during the winter CSA, but I’m glad it’s March.  I hope the spring weather treats the farmers well.  I’m really getting in the mood for summer fresh produce.