At last I have a few minutes to sit down and regale you all with a summary of what I got in my last box. This weekend was enormously busy, and frankly, I could use a weekend to recover after my weekend! But back to the goodies. This box was my first with my new CSA, Live Earth Farm, and what a box it was! I was--and still am--flush with delicious fruits and veggies. It's actually a little overwhelming. In my box I found:
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- Three baskets of Blenheim apricots, mostly eaten out of hand. Some, though, were grilled to soft, drippy goodness for dessert on Friday.
- Three baskets of delicious strawberries, which have already disappeared.
- A half-pint basket of pale salmon-colored raspberries.
- Two broccoli crowns.
- Two baby bok choy.
- Three 6-7" cucumbers.
- Summer squash: two varieties, one a pale green, striped, and ridged baby zucchini and the other a shorter, squatter, smoother squash with similar coloration. I got a few of each--they were excellent marinated and grilled on Friday evening, and will be again on my sandwich at lunch today.
- Kale: not the bumpy dinosaur kale that I'm used to seeing but smooth and rather like an overgrown oak leaf, green foliage with purple ribs/stems.
- Lettuce: four enormous, beautiful heads of lettuce that I've been enjoying in salads and on sandwiches.
- New red potatoes, about 2-3 pounds. Stellar in a not-potato-salad (potato salad with a garlicky, lemony, mustardy vinaigrette instead of mayonnaise) with haricots verts from Katie's mom's garden.
- Dill: honestly, I think they just pulled up the plant and lopped off the roots. It's several stalks about three feet tall--a bundle as big around as a 1-pound bundle of asparagus. Some of it got chopped up and put into the not-potato-salad, but I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do with the rest of it.
- Purslane! I had never heard of such a thing, except that I grew up picking it as a weed in my parents' garden. It grows wild around here, and apparently it's excellent in salads or soups. It's a succulent, very crisp and juicy, and has a tart, grassy flavor that's strongly reminiscent of lemons. Apparently it's very high in vitamins, and has more omega-3s than any other land-based leafy plant.
Like I said, a little overwhelming. It is, as you can imagine, a bit much for one person to manage. I have a "family share" because they didn't have any openings for small shares, but I'm considering asking them to pack me a small share and donate the extra to the charity where they send extra produce each week. In the meantime, I'm going to do my best to get through the rest of my veggies before I pick up the next box on Thursday evening. I have everything planned out... hopefully it will work.
I hope everyone stateside had a great Fourth, and that our expat regular (*waves at Bee*) had a lovely weekend even without the holiday. It was a packed schedule here, but almost all of it most enjoyable. Friday had me at work for a little while in the morning (thus the "almost") and then cooking up a storm in the afternoon. Our feast included the aforementioned not-potato-salad and grilled zucchini, apricots, and mixed sausages on rolls. I also fashioned some bellini-style drinks out of Blenheim apricot puree and some cava that I'd been keeping on hand for when the Suitor finished something that has been a source of much stress over the last several weeks (months, even).
In between work and cooking I stopped by my parents' place to show my mom the purslane (she was curious) and pick some Meyer lemons. As usual, I came home with some extra goodies--in this case, about four cups of olallieberries that my mom and sister #2 had picked coastside the previous day, three of the first white peaches from my mom's tree, and a few apricots (Blenheims, naturally) from another tree. We also munched on raspberries that we picked on the way out to the trees. It was a thoroughly fruitful day.
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