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By Lilveggiepatch @Lilveggiepatch

CSAs!  Also known as Community Supported Agriculture, a program in which you pay a certain amount at the beginning of the growing season and essentially buy a farm share for a period of time (in our case, six months).  Many CSAs also except SNAP (the federal food stamp program), which I love. CSA

Each week, we get an assortment of whatever is in season.  We’ve had two weeks’ worth so far, and have received:

  • mustard greens
  • kale
  • collard greens
  • bok choy
  • spinach
  • mesclun
  • romaine
  • oregano
  • turnips
  • radishes
  • strawberries

Golden Earthworm, an organic farm in Long Island, supplies our vegetables; Briermere Farm will be supplying our fruit.

Our favorite item so far has been an interesting variety of oregano.  I think it’s an Italian version, as opposed to the Greek kind we usually see, and what we have growing on our windowsill.  I’ve been using it on everything I can think of, from salads to eggs to sandwiches.  It’s amazing how much flavor you can get from an herb!  Below, I mashed it up with avocado, steamed green beans and goat cheese.  

avocado salad

I’ve been making huge, mixing bowl salads lately that are a variation on this one.  This guy was made with kale, hard-boiled eggs, peppers, tomatoes, strawberries, Trader Joe’s blueberry goat cheese, oregano, olives and quinoa, with drizzles of tahini + soy sauce and a liberal sprinkle of chili flakes.

mixing bowl salad

I love taking advantage of relaxed mornings at home by making hot breakfasts, and using eggs as an excuse to get in a serving of greens first thing.  This omelet was stuffed with spinach, oregano + goat cheese, with strawberries and Udi’s toast on the side.

perfect omelet

We’ve been going through almond milk like nobody’s business, so I made a huge batch of hummus.  I added a handful of arugula to the food processor, and loved the spicy kick it added!  (Also pictured: these crackers.)

almond pulp hummus

We made this salmon again (still love it!) with sautéed turnips + bok choy on the side.  I usually roast or mash turnips, and loved how tender they were when B made them this way.

salmon

With the bitter greens (turnip + radish) and some basic pantry items, I made a simple, hearty soup.  I toasted lentils + farro in a little olive oil, added broth, and simmered the pot until the lentils and grains were tender.  Then I added the greens and cooked them until they were slightly wilted.   To serve: add a squirt of lemon, a sprinkle of gruyère or parmesan, salt, pepper + chili flakes.  Good soup to keep on hand in the freezer!

csa soup

As far as our own, home-grown produce is concerned, the garden looks great!  So far we only have some sprouts, but we’ve got a lot of delicious herbs like mint, basil, rosemary and lavender.  I’ve taken to calling it “the cocktail garden,” and am looking forward to trying fresh, simple drinks like this one.

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Last week, my cousin and I went to Spice Market for drinks, and the Thai Smash immediately caught my eye.  The ingredients: vodka, grapefruit juice + Thai basil.  It was a little sweeter than I’d hoped (my #1 complaint of fancy drinks) but I loved the idea, and will be trying this at home!  We certainly have enough basil to experiment.

thai smash spice market

Do you have any herb-y cocktail recipes you love?

Do you belong to a CSA?


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