Fresh From the Farm: CSA Week 1

Running on the beach
We had our feet in the surf the other day, Will, Paige, my brother and sister and I. As waves would come, we’d all leap into the air. I supported Paige, who is just learning to stand, with my hands while we jumped up and down. Each time, she’d let out a gleeful cackling laugh. Will kept asking to do it again and again until the surf began to edge the small sandbar we stood on down to nothing. We crossed through the water and back to shore just before the water completely covered the sand . . .

It’s still summer here. We’re spending as much time as we can enjoying everything that the outdoors can offer. Soon, the season will turn to fall, then winter. It will be harder to withstand the temperatures for a little outdoor play, but we will try anyway.

When we get deep into summer like this, simple food is king. Burgers on the grill, corn on the cob and fresh vegetables. As in just-picked vegetables. That’s why I joined a late summer CSA here. Not only do I get a box of produce each week, but I also am forced to expand our palates even more — something I relish in.

I kind of feel like Paige did in the water the other day when it comes to ultra-fresh veggies. I nearly squealed with glee when unpacking our first box . . . I think Shawn might find that a little weird.
CSA box - Week 1

In the CSA Box – Week 1

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 2 purple peppers
  • 2 green peppers
  • 1 heirloom tomato
  • 6 ears corn
  • 1 gigantic bag of green cabbage
  • 8 peaches
  • 5 russet potatoes
  • 4 red potatoes
  • 5 pattypan squash

The corn we will eat tonight. The cabbage is sweet enough to just snack on, though I think it will make its way into a veggie soup this weekend. The potatoes will go into another special soup next week. The peaches will be devoured by Shawn and the kids. The peppers will either go into a salad or stir-fry.

The pattypan squash though . . . I am open to suggestion. That’s my challenge this week since I have never made it before. In my quick research though, it seems that stuffing it is pretty popular.

What do you do with pattypan squash?

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