Ahh… the first CSA delivery of the season. To say I’ve been eagerly awaiting it is a major understatement. I’m working my way through the bounty and couldn’t be happier about it. Piles of fresh-from-the-garden green things are an excellent antidote to winter.
The contents (clockwise from top left:
- Spring salad mix
- Sweet potato (presumably cured last fall)
- Pea greens
- Mushrooms (shiitake)
- Head lettuce (I chose a butter-leaf type)
I have two goals for my CSA participation this year.
- Not to throw anything away (and adding to compost pile counts as throwing away). This is a repeat goal. I usually do a pretty good job, but I could do better, particularly where herbs and some greens are concerned. I intend to assess upon receipt of the goods whether I can and will really eat it all before it goes bad, and if there’s any doubt, I’ll preserve them, primarily through freezing or drying.
- Learn to like mushrooms. My CSA, Rolling Prairie Farmers Alliance, has the good fortune or misfortune, depending upon your point of view, of having a first-rate mushroom grower among its producers. Mushrooms are something that I’ve generally tolerated, rather than liked or enjoyed. Therefore, I’m going to eat the mushrooms I get rather than give them away. After all, there are one of the higher-value (pricewise) goods in any given bag, and one reason I do the CSA is to expand my eating and cooking horizons. So far, I’ve used about half of this week’s mushrooms in a stir fry. I’ll keep you posted, and mushroom suggestions or recipes are welcome.