I can’t believe it has been seven weeks since we have started this local journey.
Our refrigerator is full of so much green and our cabinets are looking more full of less processed products.
This week’s CSA box (photo by K since I was in Denver)
On Wednesday I brought my CSA box back to the farmers market and picked up some raspberries. Instead of taking the carton the raspberries came in, I brought my own produce bag and plopped them in my berries colander when I got home.
What We Bought (Almost All from CSA box):
Red frill mustard
Greenhouse Cherry tomatoes
Yellow Spring onions
Raspberries from Mick Klug Farm in St. Joseph, MI
What We Learned:
We still need to up our arsenal of recipes for veggie meals, often we are just cutting up a bunch of greens and tossing it in a pasta or salad
Smoothies aren’t so bad after all
K really did not like having to shell those English Peas
We still have so much produce from our CSA share last week. Thank goodness we did not get the full share where we would pick up every week.
Since we still had so much to work through, we did not visit the farmers market this past weekend. We needed to concentrate on what we had left!
We ate everything with an “X” through it. The others we are still working on!
A variety of recipes were tried this week. We had some pasta with sauteed spinach and spring onions one day. One night was veggie pizza night and I am usually against having vegetables on my pizza, but it was delicious! We used the broccoli raab and asparagus for that. Kale and quinoa were also on the menu one night.
In order to work through some of the spinach, I forced myself to start making some smoothies as well.
We had been waiting in anticipation for our first CSA share and oh boy it was a lot of greens! Our box was jam packed with goodies and I am excited to eat the produce that I know and the new ones as well.
What We Bought (all from CSA box):
Baby leaf Salonova Lettuce
Red rover radishes
Red spring onions
Rapini (Broccoli Raab)
Red Russian Kale
Earliglow Strawberries (plus an extra box because I love strawberries)
What We Learned:
I have gotten a little caught up in trying to get everything local that I really forget how I originally laid this challenge out. We were going to focus on produce, meat, dairy, and eggs, and I basically forgot that. Back to focusing on those main pieces from now on.
Is local olive oil even possible?
CSA shares are awesome
We are so glad we got the half CSA share, where we get a box every other week, instead of every week. We would need a bigger refrigerator!
We can bring back our CSA box to the farmers market for them to reuse #score
We are going to have to start making smoothies
Rapini tastes like leafy broccoli and we are in love!
Once again we were out of town and missed Saturday’s market, but this should be the last time we miss it for a bit, plus our CSA share starts on Saturday!
We got back from our Memorial Day weekend trip on Monday night, so I didn’t get to go shopping until Tuesday. I stopped at Local Foods and then picked up some strawberries from the farmers market on Wednesday. Those aren’t pictured because I immediately cut them up for breakfast.
Buying less processed milk lasts longer. I bought milk last Monday and its sell by date is not until June 6th.
Real strawberries are much tinier than your typical strawberries on steroids that you get at a standard grocery store, but they taste SO MUCH BETTER!
I have to do a lot of separate trips for our food instead of doing just one run every week. Sometimes Local Foods does not have what I need and Mariano’s does, or I would rather get produce at the farmers market.
We figured we were already devoting ourselves to local produce, why not add in locally sourced dairy, meat, and other staples? Since I will have to walk over to the farmers market every week to pick up our share, we might as well grab some eggs and meat too.
How we are defining local:
350 miles from Chicago
(Basically, it is about how far a truck can travel in a single day)
What is included:
Dairy products & eggs
What is not included:
Going out to eat
Eating at other people’s homes
An increase in vegetable intake
A decrease in meat intake
A decrease in processed foods
A decrease in food packaging, so less waste
A decrease in GHG used to transport our food around
A decrease in our waistlines
While our CSA share does not start until June, we are starting when our local farmers market returns outside tomorrow.