I was faced with a dilemma. My wife and I were going to be out of town on our scheduled share pick-up day for this week. I could either forego our share or find someone to pick it up for us. Giving up the share seemed the least appealing solution to me. After all, this would create a gap in my weekly sequence of posts about my CSA adventure; something the OCD part of myself simply could not bear. So, the obvious choice was to find someone to pick up and babysit our share until we get back into town a couple days later.
First, we asked a few friends if they would be willing to assist, even resorting to bribing them with veggies should they be so kind. No takers. Maybe I should have offered chocolate instead. Next, I posted to our CSA’s Facebook page in hopes that a fellow localvore would have pity our our plight and lend a hand. Days of silence followed. I momentarily considered asking my ex-wife if she would be so generous as to pick up the precious goods for us, but worried that she might throw them in the back yard and burn them, something she has threatened to do with other valuables in the past.
I had resigned myself to a week devoid of fresh local greens when, only moments before the end of my scheduled pick up window, a fellow CSA member swooped down like an angel to collect my share and safeguard it in her spare refrigerator.
Thanks to my own personal CSA veggie savior, we did not have to endure a week without the familiar crudités. There is no doubt I am still learning how to use up such copious quantities of vegetables on a weekly basis. I have been trying to stick vegetables into everything from eggs to ice cream. Just kidding about the ice cream…there might be potential there though. Besides simple salads, a few dishes this week were particularly delicious:
- Swiss chard spaghetti with golden raisins, pine nuts, chilli flake
- A frittata using the spaghetti, supplemented with wilted kale
- Roasted beet and avocado salad
- Pan seared beef and broccoli with caper-raisin vinaigrette
My instagram account features pictures of all the above. These dishes are inspired by, or come from, Joshua McFadden’s Six Seasons cookbook. Eventually, I will begin posting recipes on this blog for your cooking pleasure.
- Pac choi
- Sweet potatoes
- Panisse lettuce
- Rainbow chard
- Lettuce mix (not pictured)
- Snap peas (not pictured)
- Strawberries (not pictured)
- Garlic scapes
- Walla Walla sweet onions