Our first week of CSA – the booty!

This year we are bought a share in a local CSA  program (Community Supported Agriculture).

I’m really grateful that we have this option here in NYC.  I like the idea of knowing where my food comes from and that it’s grown without harmful chemicals and pesticides, and I like the idea of directly supporting a small farm.  I also like not having to wait in a sometimes excruciatingly long line at our food co-op.

Everything about a CSA program appeals to me, especially since I just don’t have the room to grow all the veggies that I’d like to.

Yesterday was our very first food pick up.  One down, 21 more weeks to go!

I was very pleased with the variety and amount of goods that we got.  (Okay, the rhubarb bundle is a little skimpy, but everything else was plentiful.)

As you can see, I was not the only one excited to bring home my CSA booty…I had three curious helpers ready to examine the produce and make sure it was acceptable.  (click on any photo to enlarge)

Notice the lower left corner of this photo.  That’s Telly, our Russian Blue rescue.  He was beside himself trying to decide between batting the green onions or going after the turnip greens.

Yikes – the text in that photo appears much smaller here than it did when I entered it at home.  Here’s a much more readable list of what was included:

  • 1 dozen brown eggs from pastured hens
  • 1 small bunch of rhubarb
  • 1 quart of strawberries (SO sweet and delicious!)
  • 1 small pot containing a purple basil plant and an oregano plant
  • 1 large bunch of green onions
  • 1 head of Boston lettuce (gorgeous)
  • 1 large bunch of bok choy
  • 1 large bunch of broccoli rabe
  • 1 large bunch of white turnips + greens
  • 1 large bunch of green swiss chard
  • 1 bag of sugar peas (not pictured)
  • 2 (two!) garlic scapes….!!!

I realized after uploading the photo that I forgot to include <gasp> the sugar peas that were also part of our basket!  I had left them in my bag and decided not to retake the photo.  We got a healthy sized bag of really beautiful peas, and I can’t wait to dig into them.

Rico inspects the green onions

Rufus, our fearless Flamepoint Siamese cat, always takes a bolder  approach.

Meanwhile Telly decides that turnip greens are TASTY.

I haven’t had turnip greens in ages and honestly, I can’t remember the last time I bought or cooked turnips.  It will be fun to find things to do with the produce that isn’t on my usual menu!

As far as Telly is concerned, the farmer can send more turnip greens every week…

Sorry for the terrible photos!  Low light + fast-chomping kitty = blurry shots, but I couldn’t resist posting them anyway.  Telly is the biggest of our 3 cats weighing in at a formidable 16 pounds, but he’s also the most scared…he’s scared of just about everything (including produce), so this was a big, bold move for him.  Go Telly!

We are already looking forward to next week’s CSA basket – and to eating this week’s.

14 thoughts on “Our first week of CSA – the booty!

  1. Adorable! We have three kitties, too, and every week I have to crop fat, naughty little Annie out of my farmer’s market shots. The other two can’t be bothered but she’s always trying to nibble on my greens.

    That’s a great haul, btw! And strawberries, too. . .lucky you!

    • I know – that is kind of hysterical. What’s the point? Fortunately for me I already made up a batch of garlic scape pesto a couple weeks ago. I guess I’ll be chopping up my two scapes and adding them in – or dicing into soup or making garlic scape sculpture…

  2. That is a great haul, and with some interesting things too like raab and rhubarb. Never knew a cat that like turnip greens! I’m glad Telly overcame his fears to get a nibble.

    I’d like to see that garlic scape sculpture! I’ll bet you figure out something yummy to do with them.

  3. How nice to be a part of a CSA. Sounds a little like a Christmas present – not sure what’s in there, but you know it’s something good. Those pics of Telly are hilarious! I hope he gets something to much on every week!

  4. I’m jealous of your treats! Mmm… strawberries. And sugar snap peas – better than candy! The season for both just ended in NC, but it was sweet while it lasted. I’ve thought about participating in a CSA but so far haven’t, for no good reason other than laziness and a slight fear that there would be too much produce for two people. I’m a farmer’s market regular, though.

  5. Thanks everyone!

    Villager – yes, guess this is my cue that I should grow some oat grass for Telly, huh? Garlis scape sculpture to come….

    Holley – The CSA food is indeed like a present each week! We got an email tipping us off to what will be in our next basket, so that we can prepare…that’s kind of nice, but I almost like the surprise better! (Will Telly be tempted by arugula? Yikes!)

    Sheila – I also love sugar snap peas! Such a treat. I also feared it would be too much food for us…we managed to make quick work of last weeks’ basket, though, so I’m hoping that will continue. The only thing we don’t seem to go through so quickly is the eggs…I’ll have to start making quiche on the weekends, I guess!

    Linnie – thanks! I’m glad you appreciated the spirit of the pictures in spite of their terrible quality! Next time I’ll set up elsewhere (with more light)!) in case he makes another nibble attempt.

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