We have eaten just a bit of everything so far, but haven’t been able to fully get through any produce from last week’s CSA box. I had a couple beet smoothies and made a big batch of roasted veggies to take for lunch this week. For dinner the other night, K made some omelets with a mish mosh of veggies folded inside.
As usual, I ate most of the fruit from last week, so popped over to the farmers market to get some more this weekend.
What We Bought:
Dozen eggs from Benton Harbor, MI
Raspberries from Benton Harbor, MI
Blueberries from Bangor, MI
What We Learned:
We are getting better at incorporating our produce into basically all of our meals. A piece of my breakfast, lunch, and dinner, can easily have something from our box in it.
Basically, any vegetable chopped up and added to an omelet is delicious!
K picked up our CSA box this week and he took a page out of my book by bringing a bag to transfer the produce so we don’t have to bring the box home. He also purposefully did not bring any cash to the farmers market so he would not be tempted to make any impulse buys.
This is K’s attempt at taking a cool artsy picture for me.
What We Bought (From the CSA):
New baby yukon potatoes
Parisian Market Carrots
What We Learned:
Since we failed on using the beets from the last box, K instantly used some of the gigantic beets we got to make a beet and berry smoothie and absolutely loved it
Blueberries and raspberries disappear just way too fast!
This may be the first box we actually fully finish!
I am back in the workplace now and no longer working from home, so it has been a bit of an adjustment. Unfortunately, I can’t just pop over to Green City Market on a Wednesday unless I go at 7 AM before work.
My biggest challenge right now is incorporating all our produce into my lunches.
Instead of hauling our box home this week, I brought a large canvas bag to transfer my produce into. This way I did not have to take the box back to the farmers market on Wednesday, I just left it with them to reuse again.
That will have to be my new routine because I am no longer going to be working from home anymore (I got a new job!) and can’t just pop over to the Wednesday market whenever I feel like it.
Although that is a bummer, I am excited to pack my lunches again and see what I can do with our produce.
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!