Saturday, June 4, 2011

Adventures in My First CSA: Week 1

Today, I met my CSA farmer, Chuck for the first time and picked up my first bounty of the season!

Not to my surprise it was a little skimpy and dirty (washing required).

Due to the heavy and frequent rains, most Ohio farmers were late to plant.  And it being so early in the season, I wasn't expecting much anyway.

However, this is what I did receive:

  • One dozen eggs
  • One small head of cabbage
  • One pint of strawberries
  • One bushel of spinach
  • One bunch of shallots
  • One bunch of asparagus
  • A handful of rhubarb
  • 7 baby red potatoes
  • 6 radishes
  • Bunch of snap peas

Now, lets do the math:

I paid $450.00 for 20 weeks of local, fresh produce and a weekly, one dozen free-range eggs.  That breaks down to $22.50 a week. Taking a wild guesstimate, I'd say I got my monies worth this week.  And I know that as the season progresses, my bounty will increase.  So I am a happy customer.

The big question is what am I going to do with all this stuff...

  1. Eggs (no brainer): omelet, egg McHoffin,scrambled eggs, fried eggs...
  2. Cabbage: sauteed/steamed in No-Chicken Broth
  3. Strawberries: already gone!
  4. Spinach: green smoothies
  5. Asparagus: oven roasted, garnished with the shallots & cashews
  6. Rhubarb (no freakin' clue!): Das Baldwin has offered to whip up some jam and pie :)
  7. Red Potatoes: oven roasted, garnished with the shallots
  8. Radishes: sliced thin, served over a salad
  9. Snap peas: not a fan, so this is going to require some research

The Adventure Continues...
The Hoff

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