CSA Week One…Let the Summer Begin

This year the Steve and I decided to join a local CSA. No no, not the Cub Scouts of America, you know a CSA.  What the heck is a CSA you ask? Well CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, which means we are a member of a community garden and have direct access to high quality, organic foods all summer long.  Our CSA is at Greensleeves Farm, an amazing farm in Northern Kentucky with beautiful views, fresh produce, and friendly farm animals. Not only do we get to enjoy fresh organic produce all summer long, but we also get to roll up our sleeves and get dirty by helping out at the farm. Now I know that may not sound like a lot of fun to some people, but we enjoy gardening especially and since we have a small yard and can’t have our dream huge garden at our own home, it’s nice to still have that huge garden in a sense. Plus it is something we get to do together as a couple which makes it even more enjoyable.

 

So here we are week one, Steve picked up our first share yesterday and as I was unpacking it last night I thought what the heck are all these green things. I definitely wouldn’t consider myself a food expert, but we eat really healthy with lots of fruits and vegetables all the time and here I am staring at my table and have no idea what the heck I am looking at. I can identify the asparagus and that’s about it. Boy I am going to be challenged this summer trying new recipes and learning to cook with things I’ve never even seen before or tasted before. I’m not gonna lie, that freaks me out a bit, but time to roll up my “green” sleeves and start cooking. Challenge accepted!

 

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Week One Share: Snow Peas, Spinach, Scallions and Green Garlic, Salad Box, Baby Beets, Baby Turnips, Asian Greens, Baby Kale, Asparagus, Microgreens

 

Okay okay, so what the heck did I do with all this food?  Click below for recipes:

Roasted Turnip Quinoa

Roasted Beet & Veggie Quinoa

 

I encourage you to look into your community to see if you have a CSA nearby. It is an awesome feeling supporting local farming and learning at the same time. If you are in the Cincinnati area, please check out Greensleeves Farm. It is located in Alexandria, KY only about 25 minutes south of downtown Cincinnati. Gretchen and Alexa do a fabulous job of running the place and making sure we have a delicious share each week. Plus all the other volunteers, interns and CSA members do a great job to keep things moving. I am excited to see what this year has in store and learn from everyone. They have a great farm to plate dinner series starting this month featuring the chef of Bouquet. (Yum! My favorite NKY Restaurant!)

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