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.

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.