Thursday, May 16, 2013

Summer CSA Challenge

My sweet boyfriend surprised me last week with a whole CSA share!



Actually it's more like an organic food box share. It's got more or less the same result as a CSA share (a box full of produce goodies) but instead of out in the country, where you might have to help on the farm and get your produce from that same farm, this is sourced "as locally as possible" (meaning western Mass and New England). But I'm not complaining!



Getting a whole box of fresh produce is exciting and inspiring, but sometimes it can be hard to use it all. Although you can keep up with what's in season, it's hard to predict exactly what you're getting, and sometimes that head of lettuce you planned to add to a salad falls to the wayside and wilts before you've had the chance to eat it.

That's why I'm challenging myself (and anybody else with a CSA share) to make something out of everything in that box, before I get the next one. Nothing will go to waste!



I'll post along the way, starting with Day One: The Delivery.

What's in the box
1 tomato (why just 1? I can't tell.)
1 package fresh basil
6 potatoes
2 beets
2 rutabagas
3 apples
4 onions
1 cucumber
6 eggs

What I made
It seemed too obvious, but I had to combine the tomato with some basil. For dinner tonight we had caprese-inspired omelettes with 4 of the eggs, the tomato, 1/2 onion, some fresh basil, and some chevre I had in the fridge. Delicious!



What's left
1 tomato
1 package fresh basil Some fresh basil
6 potatoes
2 beets
2 rutabagas
3 apples
4 onions
1 cucumber
6 eggs  4 eggs

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