June 21, 2011 § 1 Comment
Sooo, yeah. About the CSA*. We didn’t do it this year.
I guess we didn’t sign up for a few reasons including:
- When I was pregnant with Hiram I hated vegetables.
- Even though it doesn’t sound like it should be, picking up our share from the “convenient central location” was this huge ordeal, every single time.
- It was making me crazy last year.
Also, something that we didn’t consider but which is also an important factor is that Hiram wakes up at 5:30 a.m. Every day. Especially Saturdays. Do you want to know what there is to do on Saturdays at 5:30 a.m? Nothing. Even after breakfast, a stroll around the neighborhood and a good push in the back yard swing, it’s still only 6:15. In fact, a few weeks ago we were looking for a place to eat breakfast and were completely appalled how many restaurants didn’t open until 8. I actually said this sentence:
“Who waits until 8 to eat breakfast!? The morning is half gone by then!”
But. Do you know what does open early? And do you know where early risers like us have a clear advantage? The farmer’s market! Which is exactly where you can find my little family at the crack of dawn on the weekends. We decided to swap out the CSA for a weekly visit to the farmer’s market and so far no regrets.
Last weekend was the first weekend where I’d say things were officially humming. There were (finally) plenty of things in season and in abundance, which was awesome. We’ve adopted the “local first” approach to grocery shopping and, armed with the same “budget” we had last year, were able to swap out a few (read: a bushel or two of) greens for some extra special things like local aged cheddar and blueberry stuffed sausage.
Here’s a photo of our “Farmer’s Special” this week, which was made almost exclusively from food we found at the market (exceptions were the noodles and dressing).
Super easy if you want to try it at home. Just use the veggies you have in your fridge or follow my “recipe”:
- Green Onion
- Pea pods
Sautée in olive oil and add the veggies in the order they are listed above, or at least, put the spinach in last.
Chop up sausage and heat in separate pan
Toss the noodles with the veggies and sausage and add the secret ingredient, which is your favorite kind of vinaigrette dressing. This dressing is the magic glue that brings everything together.
*CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and it involves signing up for a share of produce from a farm. We have participated in this for the past 5 years.