This week I was late on my Project Optimism post for the very first time. I do have a good excuse though. I was at Urgent Care getting Declan checked for a concussion last night. He managed to fall off the back of the couch while I was cleaning up the boys’ room for bed. One minute I left him sitting nicely on the couch, the next I’m hearing a crash and crying and running to find him in a crumpled heap behind the couch. He had a giant, bruised goose egg forming on his forehead and we couldn’t get him calmed down. Since we have an awesome Urgent Care just across the street, I figured I would just get him checked so we could all sleep easy last night. The doctor had no worries and he actually looks a lot better today. Unfortunately, he absolutely refused to allow me to photograph him.
So, anyway, my optimism post is about the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) we joined this year. Here is a link all about CSA and our farm is Stoneledge Farm. Starting 3 weeks ago I’ve been picking up lovely greens and some veggies at a church in our neighborhood every Tuesday evening. I’m getting the hang of using what we get, although it can be tough. For one thing, I give a nice big bag of whatever it is to my mother-in-law. I know she’ll use it and I would hate for it to go to waste. I split a share with a friend, so I get half of whatever comes in each week. I can’t imagine how anyone can use a full share! It’s a lot.
This week I got:
Tropicana Lettuce-1/2 head
Romaine Lettuce-1/2 head
Red Leaf Lettuce-1/2 head
Summer Spinach-1/2 bunch
Summer Squash-1 pound
That is a serious amount of produce. We pay the entire amount up-front after signing up. But once it starts we have farm-fresh, organic veggies and fruits each week for approximately $15.50. Pretty sweet if you ask me.
Eric and I washed up some escarole, green lettuce, and spinach today, added some radishes and whipped up a vinaigrette for a tasty addition to dinner. I was so eager to eat it, I forgot to take a photo until I was almost done.
I have to say, greens from the farm are WAY yummier than anything I’ve ever gotten at the grocery store, or even at the farmer’s market. They look and even smell amazing when I pick them up. I just need to get better at using up the whole thing before it goes bad. Anybody know what to do with kohlrabi?