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CSA Box 6 June 09, Parsnips, and Fennel

Jul. 4th, 2009 | 08:16 am
posted by: porcupinetie in csashares_wi

I'm about to go get my CSA box this week and realized I never logged last week's box.

Back: Spinach, Romaine lettuce, Napa cabbage, Salad mix
Middle: Broccoli, Yukina savoy, Green onions, Strawberries
Front: Radishes, Garlic scapes, Sugar snap peas

I love that we get some berries with our box, but I've been supplementing with strawberries from Sutter's Ridge that are also delicious.

Last year my partner and I realized we weren't the biggest fans of parsnips and fennel. When overwintered parsnips were in our first couple boxes, I decided to try them again. I mashed them with purple viking potatoes (purchased from Butter Mountain Farm) with buttermilk and Gruyere cheese. Every so often, I could taste the parsnips, but they were balanced nicely by the creamy potatoes and flavorful cheese. Maybe I'll warm up to parsnips with a few more dishes like this. I do think I'll pass on the fennel this year, though. I'm just not a fan of licorice and it was so strong last time.

Simple sautes and salads have dominated my produce use so far. They are just quick and easy ways to enjoy the fresh veges.

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Harmony Valley 6 June 2009 Box

Jun. 10th, 2009 | 09:54 pm
posted by: porcupinetie in csashares_wi


Back: bok choi, spinach, asparagus, baby broccoli
Middle: saute mix, green garlic and potato onions
Front: yukina savoy, spring radishes, rhubarb

I chopped the, baby broccoli, yukina savoy, green garlic, and half the bok choi for a stir fry with a peanut-flavored soy-sauce dressing. It was tasty, but afterward I thought sliced sunchokes would have added a nice crunch.


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How do you handle

Jun. 10th, 2009 | 07:08 pm
posted by: willedit in csashares_wi

all this food?

Seriously, I got my first every-other-week share from Primrose Community Farm (http://www.primrosecommunityfarm.net/) today. Holy buckets!

Bok choi, broccoli, broccoli raab, cilantro, dill, garlic scapes, lettuce, radish, salad mix, salad turnips, scallions and spinach.

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Harmony Valley 23 May 2009 Box

May. 23rd, 2009 | 12:09 pm
posted by: porcupinetie in csashares_wi


I thought it might be nice to have a log of CSA box contents. Feel free to add your own.

The second box of the Harmony Valley 2009 season:
Back: Rhubarb, green garlic, Egyptian walking onion, asparagus, ramps, salad mix
Middle: spinach (I love those large textured leaves!), sunchokes, saute mix
Front: radishes, overwintered parsnips
There was also an herb pack with nine different herbs. I was surprised these made it home safely, because they were wedged over the edge of my bike basket.

Another pasta dish with asparagus, mushrooms, and some green garlic and/or onion on its way.

I also read about a buttermilk and ramp biscuit recipe that I think I will try.

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New member intro!

Mar. 25th, 2009 | 01:30 pm
posted by: teresa_c in csashares_wi

Hello, new member here. It doesn't look like an extremely active community, but I have hope! I'm very interested in eating locally, and am on the lookout for forums and discussion about it. I will be starting my third year as a member of Middlebury Hills CSA. My main reason for choosing them was that they offered a "quarter" share for $200 (I believe it's $225 now) and there are only two of us at home. I was uneasy about how well we would do getting the produce eaten.

I'm seriously considering going up to a half share next year and learning about ways to preserve the produce. It's really hard to eat locally during the winter, otherwise.

There are a few vegetables I like a steady supply of, and my CSA only delivers once or twice during the season. I've been trying to get onions, lettuce and tomatoes at the Farmers' Market, during the summer, but this year I think I'll grow my own tomatoes.

Anyway, I have lots more to say and would love to have people to say it with. Hi!

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picking a CSA

Feb. 11th, 2009 | 08:23 pm
posted by: crazypumpkin in csashares_wi

I've gone through the big list of CSAs and whittled it down to a few that I think could work for me. But I'm having a hard time deciding and could really use some input. I thought I'd start here before trying the bigger madisonwi.

Some background: I'm not afraid to cook, but I am (currently) only one person and I've not done a CSA before. Probably a half share would be best for me based on this. The 3 at the top of my list are bolded.

EDIT: I've decided to go with Harmony Valley because they have the long growing season, pick up locations all over the place, and perhaps most important to me, pick up TIMES that work with my schedule (the big thing that I didn't like about Vermont Valley). Yay and thanks for everyone's help!

This is my short list, suggestions?Collapse )

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In between winter and spring harvests

Feb. 11th, 2009 | 10:32 am
posted by: porcupinetie in csashares_wi

My root vegetables are running low from this past year's CSA. We did not sign up for the extra winter boxes. In the meantime we've also been enjoying our pork and beef from Ridgeland Harvestand Harmony Valley.

For produce, we've decided to sign up with Harmony Valley again. Even though I'd like to try a farm a bit closer and a bit smaller, their produce is great and their pickup time/location works for us. I am looking forward to the ramps and asparagus. What farms have other people selected?

I also plan to keep an eye on the A Good Appetite blog for their interesting recipes using Harmony Valley veges, as well as their delicious baked goods! Are there other good recipe sources/blogs that other people keep up with?

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Local Food Challenge

Sep. 4th, 2008 | 05:21 pm
posted by: porcupinetie in csashares_wi

I love seeing local food becoming a social priority. I know I have a long way to go to live a more sustainable lifestyle, but challenges like this are helpful.

From the press release:

Sign Up for Wisconsin’s Eat Local Challenge: Challenge Yourself, Buy Local

MADISON – First Lady Jessica Doyle announced today that Wisconsin’s Eat Local Challenge is set to encourage consumers and communities across the state to look for locally grown and produced products. During the 10-day challenge, from September 5-14, Wisconsinites are being challenged to spend at least 10 percent of their food budget on Wisconsin foods.

“If every Wisconsin household spends 10 percent of its food budget on locally produced foods, we will have a $2 billion impact on our state’s economy. Buying Wisconsin-grown products supports our state’s agriculture, farmers, producers, communities and economies,” said First Lady Jessica Doyle.

First Lady Doyle encouraged Wisconsinites to sign up for the challenge by visiting www.eatlocalwisconsin.com. The website also allows participants to track local food purchases, network with others around the state, and link to resources for purchasing local foods, recipes, books and more. In addition, participants in the Eat Local Challenge can visit www.SavorWisconsin.com to search for local producers by distance, product or business.

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Chard, cabbage, etc.

Aug. 11th, 2008 | 08:29 am
posted by: porcupinetie in csashares_wi

It seems that every week there is something in my CSA box I haven't had before--whether it's a particular type of vegetable or a specific variety of a vegetable I am otherwise familiar with. This past week, I wasn't sure how I wanted to enjoy my first taste of chard. Sauteed with garlic, in a quiche... By then end of the week, with new vegetables on their way, I went with the standby stir fry technique. With such an assortment of vegetables on hand, stir fries seem a really efficient way to use a large variety of vegetables in one dish with ingredients I have on hand. The chard was good, and I was kind of sad it wasn't in my box again, so I could try it prepared another way.

I was able to throw a bunch of vegetables in another dish I made this weekend--coleslaw. I've never made coleslaw, so I was pleasantly surprised when my chopping and shredding and tossing ended up looking like coleslaw. I went with a basic cream dressing with green cabbage mixed with carrots, radishes, and cucumbers. I had a fantastic spicy red coleslaw at Dobhan the other week, but I can't remember the flavors to try and recreate it. I did see a recipe for a blue cheese coleslaw that sounded delicious. I think I'll pick up some blue cheese to go with the other two heads of cabbage I have on hand.

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Jul. 24th, 2008 | 05:46 pm
posted by: porcupinetie in csashares_wi

I haven't had beets in a really long time, so I wasn't sure if I'd like them. I decided to try them with a very simple, minimal preparation. I steamed them until soft, and ate them with a bit of butter, salt and pepper. They were tasty. I couldn't get over how they tasted like corn, but with a completely different texture. Why would a grain and a root vegetable taste so similar? Oh, and who is not impressed by their brilliant colors!

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