This Week My CSA Box Has Greens, More Greens, Parsley and a Quart of Strawberries

Keeping Up With My CSA Box: Week 1

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Welcome, friends! I'm here to share with you my CSA adventure this season. As most of you know it was an incredibly long winter for the East Coast. I might actually have weather-induced PTSD from it. (Did I mention I was indoors for four months with my toddler while pregnant with my second son?) So when I learned of a new CSA program available to our town, I jumped with exuberance to participate! What could better cure the winter blues than fresh, organically-grown produce for five months straight?

Here's a look at my first week's box:

Last Sunday was our first pick-up, and we've already been to the farm for "pick your own" strawberries. It's been a blast! All of the cooking and daily intake of fresh greens has seriously diminished any lingering thought of snow and ice!

Since my husband and I are the main consumers of the veggies and my 2-year-old really only loves the fruit, it's going to take a lot of planning and diligence to get through our weekly share.

I'd love for you to follow along on this weekly adventure! I can't wait to see what everyone is cooking this summer. Here's my Pinterest board full of these recipes and more.

Cheers to a summer full of fresh, local produce!

This Week's CSA Box

  • 1 quart strawberries
  • 5 lettuce heads
  • 1 pound baby swiss chard
  • 1 bunch dino kale
  • 12 ounces spinach
  • 1 bunch parsley

How I'm Going to Keep Up With My CSA Box This Week


Strawberries:
Okay, I have a confession: Our quart of strawberries were eaten before I could even photograph them. I was unpacking the contents of our CSA box in the kitchen when my husband and toddler passed through. They couldn't resist their pure, candy-like sweetness, and I knew I had to jump in on the deliciousness before the strawberries were all gone! But if we'd had extras, like we did when we picked them at the farm, I love to make strawberry butter or top salads with them.

Lettuce: Five heads of lettuce each week is quite a bit for two adults and one toddler who proclaims he doesn't eat salad. We're trying to keep up with our lettuce by eating salads every day. I was thinking about sending salad in a jar to work with my husband, but chopped salads are really the best way to size down extra lettuce in the refrigerator.

Chard: We have such a large quantity of chard in the refrigerator that I'm thinking several batches of Israeli couscous with chard for daily lunches. And if there's still some remaining, a weeknight dinner of braised lentils and chard topped with an egg sounds just right!

Dino Kale: I love using kale in scrambled eggs and making kale chips, but this kale and quinoa salad looks really delicious. For the amount of kale we received this week, I would have to resize the recipe for one or two servings.

Spinach: I'm not a huge fan of raw spinach salads. I've always found them too bitter for my taste. I do, however, love steamed spinach with rice, spinach with eggs, and saag paneer made with fresh paneer cheese. I'm endeavoring on this last option tonight and have already made the paneer cheese. I can't wait for dinner! If none of these options are appealing to you, this spinach and lemon soup with orzo looks amazing!

Parsley: Before this week I'd never cooked with fresh parsley, and I was really surprised by how tender it was and how its aroma was much more pronounced. To use up this week's parsley, I made this parsley and garlic frittata, and it was delicious. We ate it with a side salad topped with goddess dressing. If you eat seafood, try this poached salmon recipe. It's a staple in our house.

Tell us, what did you receive in your CSA box this week? And how do you plan on getting through it all?

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Landis is a ceramic artist who hand-makes heirloom-quality pottery for the kitchen, table, and home. She writes about tabletop design and entertaining for The Kitchn and lives in Maplewood, NJ with her husband and toddler.