It is that most wonderful time of year again! Our weekly veggie shares with the local farm started this week. We’ve swapped pick-up days (from Thursdays to Tuesdays now) and I was amazed, unpacking last night’s veggie haul, how much easier meal planning for the week is now that our CSA is up and running again. The week’s meals literally became obvious to me as I looked at the veggies. True sign of summer!
Those of you who are wondering why I don’t just do that with grocery store flyers… I do. I don’t know if it’s the right there-ness of them, or the freshness that inspires or what, or maybe it just seems like grocery stores only ever seem to advertise the same two or three veggies, but I definitely get stuck in a meal-planning rut over the colder months. So grateful that’s at an end now!
The farm has lost a number of hands since the fall, so things are still a little rough around the edges for veggie pick-up. I was telling The Boy about it, and wondering if maybe I could help them get sorted and organized for the coming summer, maybe just help make their member checklist, you know, when I noticed him staring at me incredulously. “NO!” he stated. He then (quite fairly) pointed out that I am constantly telling him how I no longer have time to get any of my own projects done; clearly I am not in a position to take on additional farm work as well. He’s probably right.
Nonetheless, the veggies were there, and gloriously fresh. This week:
Turnips, radishes, bok choi and a bag of deliciously tender lettuces (non-spicy). We ate half our share of the mesclun that night, and the bok choi will disappear in short order. Ladies, if you are blessed to have a man in your life who loves greens, celebrate, then cook them lightly with garlic. (Then celebrate some more by eating!) I’ve been waiting for the turnips to try making my own turnip cakes, so that should be fun and… that leaves the radishes. Well, minus one that I put in Tuesday’s salad. Not sure what to do there. Maybe a quick pickle of some sort? Next time I’ll be sure to ask the chickens for suggestions.
These ones actually interrupted their dust baths to stalk over and strut their stuff for the camera. Ah, farm animals! Always entertaining. No sign of the puppies on this visit, but I do plan on spending a little more time at our farm this summer, so hopefully I’ll manage to get some pictures of the other critters too!