We actually picked up our CSA share twice during the last week, Tuesday and Friday. Our farm is really awesome and lets you make up missed weeks whenever you want. I couldn’t wait a full week to get vegetables in the house after our trip (and it seems so silly to buy them at the supermarket when we already paid for them at the farm!) so we doubled up this past week.
Tuesday’s pick up:
Anyone have any good radish recipes, because we hadn’t used up Tuesday’s pick up when I grabbed an even bigger bunch on Friday. I like radishes, but you can only use so many on salads. The rest of the pick up we actually needed. In less than 4 days we’d used up all the tomatoes, almost the entire head of lettuce, most of the snow peas, and the chard. I’m also not sure what compelled me to pick up shell peas (which are normal peas, the kind you have to remove from the shells). Peas are the only vegetable I claim to not like. But, since everything else we’ve ever gotten from the farm has been great, I figured I’d give peas another try.
As usual, we’ve been using a lot of our share for salads, including this one with mozzarella cheese and bacon, which served as our main dish one night.
I also made this Onion Pizza with Ricotta and Chard, which was suggested by one of my friends who also has a share at the farm. It certainly took a lot more work than the pizzas I usually make—caramelizing the onions (we used red onions), blanching the chard—but it was mighty tasty and filling enough that we got two meals out of it.
Even though I still have 7 batches of garlic scape pesto in my freezer, I made radish top pesto for the first time. I feel really bad every time I throw away parts of our produce, but if I put it in the fridge “for later” it never seems to hold up well. This time I made the pesto shortly after picking up our share. It wasn’t as good as basil or garlic pesto, but it hit the spot.
In other news:
My cherry tomato plant that resides on our back deck has its first red tomato! It also has a lot of other tiny green tomatoes. Generally speaking I slacked off with my gardening this year—I only have this tomato plant, chives and basil—but my only goal is to successfully grow tomatoes. Looks like we’re on the right track!