Tuesday, July 17, 2012

What's in a CSA share?

Here is a sample of the first five weeks of our CSA share with Garden Treasures (I didn't take a picture of week one).  We have an economy share (the medium size - $28.50 a box for 15 weeks) with a fruit share (19.50 a box for 12 weeks).  I paid for the season ahead of time with our tax return, so picking up from the farmer's market on Sundays feels more like going in for free food.  I am posting this primarily for our own records to help us determine if this is our best value for the dollar, but I thought it might be helpful to visualize for anyone wondering about Community Shared Agriculture, which I have written about previously.  The only produce we are supplementing from the grocery store right now are bananas, onions, and potatoes.  To find local CSA near you, see Local Harvest.

Peaches, Apricots, Raspberries, Cherries, Garden Salad Mix,
Kohlrabi, Oregano, Zucchini and Crookneck squash,
Shelling Peas, Cabbage, Kale (8 items harvest, 3 items fruit)

Spring Salad Mix, Kale, Cabbage, Shelling Peas, Raspberries,
Fennel,  Radish, Basil, Onions, Carrots, Corn (11 items)

Three varieties of Cherry including Sour!, Apricots (4 items)

Turnips, Salad Mix, Carrots, Kale, Onions, Strawberries,
Cilantro, Collard Greens, Kohlrabi (9 items)

Broccoli, Zucchini, Dinosaur Kale, Radish, Onions,
Turnips, Cilantro, Garlic Scapes, Salad Mix (9 items)

If I recall correctly, week one had Garlic Scapes, 
Collard Greens, Turnips, Onions, Salad, Strawberries, 
Radishes, Kale, and Cilantro (9 items)

I'll compile another report after week 10.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Harvest Beef & Vegetable Soup

This post is a part of Fight Back Fridays at Food Renegade.

Easy Sour Cherry Tart

1 1/3 Cups Flour
1 tsp Sea Salt
Pinch Stevia
1 Stick Cold Butter cut into 16 pieces
2 Egg Yolks
1/4 cup water (give or take depending on humidity)
2 pounds sour cherries + 6-10 sweet cherries, halved and pitted.
2-3 tbsp rapadura
1 tbsp gelatin

Place dry ingredients in food processor with butter pieces.  Process until pea-sized butter.  Add egg yolks and process until just mixed.  With food processor running, pour in 1/4 cup water with the emulsifier attachment (i.e. drop by drop).  When it clumps together, stop.  Press into a flat, 4 inch disk, refrigerate one hour.  Roll 1/4 inch thin.  Place over pie dish.

While crust dough is chilling, sprinkle rapadura and gelatin over cherries and let sit in refrigerator.  Once crust is ready, fill with sweetened cherry mix and fold edges toward center.
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes, or until crust looks browned to your liking.  Let sit until cooled.  The inside will thicken as it cools.

This post is a part of Real Food Wednesdays with Kelly The Kitchen Kop


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