We’ve just come back from picking up our second week’s bounty. How’d we do with the first week’s stuff? Well, it’s always rough going in the beginning of the farm season-lots of interesting and unusual greens and frankly, not stuff that kids usually love. And sometimes not even grown-ups. Here’s what we ate:
- We tried one of the great big kale like greens-sauteed with garlic. It was a bit bitter, the kids didn’t care for it. I didn’t love it.
- Radishes:I ate one sliced into a sandwich.
The rest I roasted with sesame oil and soy sauce. I was using a cookbook that’s really handy for this sort of thing–Vegetables Every Day. It’s a great one-arranged alphabetically by vegetable with recipes and also instructions for general prep and storage. It suggested that roasting radishes is much like roasting any root vegetable. These were pretty tasty and while Clark did not care for them, Tabby did (as did Paul and I.)
- Thyme: I used the nice bundle of fresh thyme in some lemon thyme chicken, as well as in turkey burgers (that I made with a spoonful of curried apple chutney in them.)
- Red Scallion: I used this sliced up with the roasted radishes and some roasted potatoes.
- All the other greens: arugula in a salad, which ended up being picked out by the kids, and some given to the guinea pigs and rabbit, and some still lingering in the fridge.
I went grocery shopping yesterday and felt positively guilty about buying frozen corn, snap peas, and spinach. Part of me thinks that the CSA is a great opportunity to get everyone to break out their usual vegetable likes. But the realistic part of me says that we’ll try to use as much as we can of the CSA stuff, but kids will not live by kale alone.
This week’s haul includes more big leafy greens, thyme, a couple of big bunches of scallions (if I don’t use them all I may mince and freeze-they freeze up great and all winter long I scooped out minced scallions to use in my cooking), and a nice giant head of excellent looking romaine lettuce.
In other news, Tabby rode her bike without training wheels for the first time!! Hooray for Tabby! It was a very exciting achievement. She still needs a lot of practice, but before you know it she’ll be riding around Duke Farms with me. We’re so proud of her!