Why do I love it so? Because it treats me like a princess and I’m all about that.
Seriously. First, this CSA delivers, as in to your door. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not that princess-y that I can’t pick up my own farm share – I have done so for years now and I liked doing it, but I love this. Every Sunday delivered to my door is a sturdy waxed produce box. It is pretty and delicious all the way through (except the box, I give that back so they can fill it up for next week). Second, I am all about the food and my no-cook summer – this has been a huge help – and I haven’t even ordered from the pre-made dinners from Graze which would really be no-cook (or at least no prep).
What comes in my CSA?
The strawberries were so delicious and ripe that we finished them in an afternoon. Tremendous.
My CSA is all about surprises, too. One week we got a dozen farm fresh eggs that I didn’t know were coming and a copy of the magazine La Cucina Italiana – I’m sure the Dazzling Strawberry Desserts featured are wonderful recipes. Maybe we can save some next time…
Garlic ramps (I forget what to do with these each year – had to Google it), gorgeous red leaf lettuce and two perfect bags of baby greens and arugula (love these), cucumbers, beets (all for me and roasting right now in foil in the toaster oven – that almost counts as not cooking), the greens (kale, chard) which I also need ideas on how to make, a quart of strawberries, a dozen eggs, and a beautifully wrapped bunch of basil with roots in tact so I can put it in water. Done.
Turnips, more beets, summer squash, zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, carrots, lettuce and today a cantaloupe that may not make it to dinner. I love to make Smitten Kitchens’ Ratatouille’s Ratatouille with some of this bounty. The rest gets tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper and grilled. Easy side dish and minimal cleanup.
If you have any ideas for no-cook or almost no cook, chime in! I could use the help. Meanwhile my husband is grilling (no cooking for me, anyway) …ribs, corn and asparagus for dinner served with a gorgeous salad. Yum.
Farm Share by Graze Vermont