Friday, June 30, 2017

Honey Brook Organic Farm CSA: Week 4 Pennington Premium Boxed Share


This week's Honey Brook Organic Farm CSA's Premium Boxed Share included Lettuce, Spinach, Broccoli, Cilantro, Beets, Fennel, Blueberries, Kale, Cucumbers, Lettuce Mix, Swiss Chard, and Dill....except there wasn't any Dill.

I was disappointed not to find dill, because I was planning on making some quick dill pickles with my cucumbers, but I guess it wasn't in the cards.  They are boxing up a lot of stuff, so I'm sure things slip through the cracks.  After the last debacle where I thought they forgot my beets, but didn't, I'm not emailing them about the dill!  Yeesh.

As it turns out fennel fronds are edible and yes, pesto is an option.  You can also simply add it to salads and really anything.  Or you can always juice them or add them to your smoothies.  I don't make lox with salmon anymore (now I make mine with carrots) but I'd bet they'd work well as a substitution for dill or tarragon.

I've been making a lot of salads out of Food52 Mighty Salads cookbook, but I think we're all saladed out.  The Hubby still wants to take salads to work for lunch, but I have to start switching it up for dinner or we're all going to lose it.  

FYI I washed then stuck the whole bag of spinach in the freezer.  It turned into this amazingly crispy frozen spinach that crumbled when touched.  I have learned that this is a much better way to add them to my smoothies.  Try it, you'll see I'm right.  I'm usually right.  Everyone should just listen to me....

I did have a few items starting to wilt away in my crisper drawer from last week, but I threw together a stir-fry that included the beet tops, turnips and turnip tops, as well as some lettuce.  Voila!  Clean slate for our CSA box produce.  I do still have the string beans...I forgot about them! I have some potatoes that are on their last legs, so I think I'll serve them for dinner with a few Gardein Lightly Breaded Turk'y Cutlets. 

I need to get my butt in gear as we are behind in using anything from this last CSA box!  I think the biggest issue with the CSA for us so far, is that it's just been such a plethora of greens.  There's only so much lettuce you can eat.  Is it a good buy?  I think if you normally buy organics, yes.  If you don't...then maybe not.  As usual, I will keep you posted each week on how our CSA experience has been.  


      Lettuce        Spinach      Broccoli     Cilantro
        Beets       Fennel     Blueberries       Kale
     Cucumbers     Lettuce Mix       Chard       Dill
      Lettuce        Spinach      Broccoli     Cilantro
        Beets       Fennel     Blueberries       Kale
     Cucumbers     Lettuce Mix       Chard       Dill

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