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Whew.

What a weekend! A baby shower, family visiting and the super bowl. Lots of pics on the way!

I’ve had a few questions about our new service, Arganica.

It’s actually not a CSA, in that we do not buy a share of a farms output. We do not pay a lump sum for a delivery every week or take on any risk. Rather, we pay for  crates (or individual products) when we want them.

It’s really a grocery delivery service that sources its products mostly from local farms, but also from other well vetted sources. Each source is listed on the order form, so they can be checked out.

Thus, the kiwi!

Since we may be moving this summer, we could not do a traditional CSA, which was a bummer for us. But, this is the next best thing and I really like it so far.

Keep the questions coming!

 

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A big ole crate arrived at my door at 11:30pm last night.

And of course, I had to play with it and take pictures, so I’m a little sleepy today!

I’m really liking Arganica so far. The veggies look great and there was lots of variety in the produce box. I really like that they include fruit (kiwi!).

This is all the fruit, veggies and bread. We also go some milk and applesauce. I drank a glass of milk…and DANG. Tasty.

And yes, there was CHARD in the damn box. I asked C. to hold it up so I could take a picture of it. You know, to illustrate my complaints on this here blog about the TWO bunches of chard.

But as you can see…he has very different feelings than I about the leafy green.

Here we go!

Hi again.

Where have I been?

Veggie-less in the barren icy land of winter.

(Really, it was a self-imposed cookie-filled holiday land of pastries).

But, regardless.

I’m back. With veggies.

Thanks to a Living Social deal, we have signed up with a farm club called Arganica. Our first delivery is this evening.

We are not doing the Potomac CSA again because we don’t want to commit to a months long program. Our future is too uncertain as C. is finishing school this semester.

Oh, I finished grad school, too. Yeah, its pretty great.

Check back tomorrow for some pics of veggie goodness.

Fall Week 2

The contents this week:

Lots of little baby carrots

3 little peppers (hot or not? TBD)

3 tomatoes

Arugula

Pole beans

Sweet Potatoes

Turnip greens

You can see the dirt in the picture from the sweet potatoes. Should have thought about that before I just dumped the bag out on the counter! Oh well.

C. is super excited about those sweet potatoes. I’m not a huge fan…which is kinda weird. I’m going to tell myself that I like them. Maybe that will do it?

 

I had one of those mornings where I woke up just as the sun was rising and started thinking.

Well, not really thinking…worrying.

I lost a dear person in my life this week.  A sweet and wonderful lady, my step mother’s mother…one of the 4 grandmas I am lucky enough to have. It started me thinking about other people in my life and how important they are. And at dawn, those things seem scary and unmanageable.

So I got my butt out of bed and made some breakfast.

Having something to do lessened the blues. And of course, chopping stuff up is always therapeutic!

My eggs are on top (sans-chard), C.’s are on the bottom. Other ingredients (all from CSA) were garlic, red pepper, chives and a tomato.

Very good, but I may have made a little bit too much for that early in the morning! Oh well.

This past week I dug into the freezer to make myself some lunches. I had frozen CSA carrots, peas, squash and zucchini. I also still had an onion, some garlic and eggs from the CSA.

And don’t forget the ginger from the grocery store. Oh, ginger. Oh.

Mix that with a little left over rice…

I got something that actually swayed me from walking to McDonald’s yesterday for McNuggets. (!!)

And I’m having it again today. The lunch countdown begins!

I’m excited to get more veggies tonight, especially after I got the newsletter today and everything in the bag is on the “Safe Vegetable” list. Nothing from the “Scary vegetable” list because they gave us another chard-break!

I think I’m going to trademark the term “chard-break.” You CSA subscribers know what I mean…

Week 8

They were good to their word, no Chard. But honestly, I’m more overwhelmed by the amount of zucchini and squash. I can’t eat it all, so they have taken over my freezer. We will have enough to last us for a long time after the CSA is done in the fall.

p.s. I need a bigger freezer.

In this bag this week:

2 eggplant

2 tomatoes (heirloom looking)

2 zuchinni

2 squash

1 bunch each basil and parsley

2 cucumbers

3 sweet onions

I set to work as soon as a I got home to get as much preserved as possible. Luckily I had some good TV, and Top Chef DC was a nice inspiration for all the cutting and chopping. I even got a little crazy with my knife and tried some new moves.  Don’t worry, C.–no cuts!

After two hours of work, I had four bags of frozen items and more pesto. I also made a tomato sauce (which I’m about to eat for lunch over some of last weeks potatoes).

The eggplant and cukes are going to the nice friend who is checking in on the cats while I am on vacation! I can’t wait to get on the cruise ship and eat everything all day long.

See you next Thursday!!

One veggie that I have always loved (that may or may not qualify as a veggie to normal people) is pickles. I’m not really into canning, its a lot of work in a tiny kitchen. But, with all of the cukes I got, I really wanted to make some delicious pickles. So, I thought I’d try my hand at fridge pickles.

No pain in the butt canning, just pickles.

I sliced up the cucumbers (about 4) and put in several cloves of garlic I got from the CSA.

Next I made a fridge pickle preservation concoction of vinegar, water, sugar, red pepper flakes, peppercorns. Oh! and SALT. Of course. Boil until salt and sugar dissolve.

I dumped over the bowl of cucumber and garlic and let it sit a little to let them get soft.

Then, I put (stuffed) them in a jar.

P.S. I now have more cucumbers….sigh.

P.S.S They are really, really good. I keep stopping by the fridge and eating them. I’ve actually just left a fork in the fridge next to the jar. Don’t hate.

I mentioned before that my first impressions of our CSA was the strong community of people involved. I got to see this first hand this week! I’m so grateful that the coordinator of the program was willing to meet me this morning after I got back from LA to hand over the bag. So…good news! I still got my blue bag!! With Corn!

In the bag:

2 Cucumbers

1 summer squash

1 big, 1 small zucchini

2 ears of corn (!!)

New Potatoes

Lots of carrots

Chard

Basil

Mint

2 tomatoes!!

Wow! I’m so glad my awesome little sister is coming this weekend to help me eat up all of these veggies. She did not get the super taster gene and so she is really looking forward to trying these local goodies.

As you can see from the pic…summer is definitely here!!

Any starch based veggie is good for me! Corn, potatoes and peas. Yum-0.

I had to cancel my CSA pick up this week since I will be on a red-eye back from LA, but I still got the list of what would have been in my bag tonight and it made me very sad.

bicolor corn, cucumber, squash, carrots, beets, potatoes, chard, basil, Thai basil

Sign. BUT I thought I was going to miss the first week of tomatoes and I didn’t, so thats a relief! But CORN!?!?!

That’s almost as bad.

To start off my veggie posts from last weekend…frozen squash! This method freezing is great because you blanch, then pre-freeze in a single layer on a cookie sheet. See how nice and separate they are? Like little golden coins. They will be so easy to use in soups or as a side. Yum. I love the idea of local veggies in the winter. If they make it that long!

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I'm skeptical of vegetables and joined a CSA to see if I can make friends with them. This blog exists so that I can hold myself accountable to eating what I paid for and document what I can do with lots of local produce!

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