CSA – Week 3: Produce, Kitties, Telly Goes After the Kale

Another great week of CSA food!  So far we have been able to keep up with the full share of weekly veggies, but I’m afraid I overdid it in the egg department by signing up for a dozen per week.  Somehow I thought we might eat that many / use them in baking, but alas…they are piling up in the fridge and I am hoping our cat-sitter will take some home with her this weekend.

Last night I made and froze a quiche, and I believe egg salad, deviled eggs, and possibly cheesecake will have to be on the menu soon.  They are wonderful eggs, though, from happy,  healthy hens.  Next year 1/2 dozen per week will suffice.  🙂

Here’s what we got last night…

List version:

  • rainbow chard
  • spinach
  • eggs
  • a pot of thai basil + lemongrass
  • french breakfast radishes
  • lettuce
  • 1 pint of cherries (so delicious!)
  • 1 quart of strawberries  (still amazing!)
  • 2 summer squash
  • 1 bunch of kohlrabi and…..wait for it…
  • 2 garlic scapes!  the pile is growing.  😉
The first week I brought home CSA food our big rescued Russian Blue cat helped himself to several mouthfuls of turnip greens (you can read about that and see photos here.)  Last week I tired them all out with the magical feather wand toy and he was too exhausted to raid the produce bag (click here for that post).  This week  I had barely set the bags down on the table when Telly began to make his approach.
Here’s how it all went down:
First he makes sure the coast is clear and that Rico & Rufus aren’t following him.
Still trying to be all sly…
After a sniffing the lemongrass and the kale, Telly decides on the kale and gives it the head-butt of approval.
Just going for it, with utter abandon.
Look at those leaf edges!  What happened here?
Telly:  “You can cut that part off.”
Rico, who definitely does not like produce, sat innocently on the floor

Not willing to be upstaged by Telly’s photo shoot, Rufus began yowling (as only a Siamese cat can) for me to turn on the bathtub faucet.  He’s very insistent.
This is his favorite way to drink water and he usually has a good 30 minutes of bliss after his 5-minute drink in the tub.  He wanted no part of the kale, but he doesn’t mind a wet face.  As long as everyone’s happy.

CSA food Week 2

I was pleased again with this week’s selections for our weekly Community Supported Agriculture share.  It was well timed as we literally just finished the last of last week’s food (except for those two garlic scapes…I’m saving them up!)

Here’s what we got this time around:  (click photo to enlarge it)

Everything is picked that morning, which is great.  I’m happy with the sizes of everything.  I was concerned initially that there would be more food than the two of us would easily go through, but so far it’s been just right.

List version:

  • 1 pot containing a Thai basil plant and chives
  • 1 bunch green leaf lettuce
  • 1 really gorgeous bunch of spinach
  • 1 bunch of radishes (we could choose between radishes or more turnips – sorry, Telly!) if you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here and scroll down to see Telly the cat nibbling last week’s turnip greens!)
  • 1 dozen brown eggs
  • 2 quarts of strawberries (and they are SO sweet and delicious!)
  • 1 bunch of green onions
  • 1 bunch of beet greens (yum!)
  • 1 bunch of Lacinato (Dinosaur) Kale (we had the choice between Russian kale or Lacinato)
  • 1 bunch of arugula
  • and….drumroll, please…
  • 2 MORE garlic scapes.  Hilarious.  I’m starting a collection.
The Telly-monster didn’t come to investigate or nibble on this round of produce.  He was all tuckered out after a fierce match with the feather wand and was lying on the bed, panting.
I did get him some wheat grass, but I think he prefers the turnip greens.
Not to exclude them, though, here are the 3 of them being their sweet, worn out little selves:
That’s Rico with the white chin and Telly is snuggling up behind him.
Rufus wasn’t having anything to do with it this time.
That feather works wonders.  🙂