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Summer CSA Week Ten, The Greens are Gone!

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Yes, we seem to have survived greens season, and even though our email said FIVE MORE zucchini, thankfully, they lied.

There was only one.

What did we get? The list is below. I swapped cilantro for what looks like white wonder cucumbers, ten of them to use in salads and to pickle.

1 Bag Rattlesnake Beans–
1 Bag Green Beans–
1 Bag Jalapeno Peppers–
1 Green Zucchini–
1 Bag Purple Viking Potatoes–
1 Bag Fennel Bulbs –
1 Bag White Garlic–
3 Slicing Cucumbers –
1 Bunch Thumbelina French Heirloom Carrots–
1 Bunch Red Radishes–
1 Bunch Cilantro –
5 Ears Sweet Corn –

We also got our first five ears of corn for the year. One big one, and four smaller ears, that will be grilled tomorrow night. The rattlesnake beans are new to me, as are purple viking potatoes. The carrots are getting bigger, too.

This week I know with twelve items we will be far ahead again on value. I really need to hit the market tomorrow before deciding what the savings are, as some of these items are new.

As for what I did to use up most of last week’s haul, I made Use Up the CSA Stew the other night, and also made couscous salad, and a potato salad. The salads are going with me to the Conservancy tonight.

There are potatoes, onions, carrots, kale, chard, beet greens, carrot tops, garlic and a couple of farmer’s market tomatoes in the pot. A little chicken stock for liquid. Herbs from my garden. Topped it off with some Boarman’s short ribs. Let it cook for eight hours. It ended up looking like this.

The short ribs fell off the bone. No need for a knife. Served with an Allegro Merlot.


About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

6 responses »

  1. Thanks for linking up! That stew is mouthwatering. How do you like those slow cooker bags?

  2. Won’t there be more greens when the weather cools off in the fall? (just teasing. by then you’ll have a taste for them again)

    You didn’t ask me, inherchucks, but I’ll make a comment on the slow cooker bags. LOVE THEM!!! Someone remarked to me that they were made for extremely lazy people. Whatever. They make cleanup SO easy !! You need to be a bit careful when stirring or moving things around in the cooker, I try to remember to use a rubber scraper for stirring, or you might tear the liner. Otherwise we are big fans in this house!!!

  3. Slow cooker bags are something I discovered when I changed cookers. They are best for things that really mess up the cooker so clean up is simpler.

    I also use the rubber spatula to keep from tearing them. The best part is lifting them to pour the last of the broth into a bowl to save as leftovers.

    After my surgery, with my restrictions, I couldn’t lift and hold a heavy crock, so pulling out the liner was easier on my neck and arm muscles.

    Marcia, I will be ready for greens again in the fall. 😉

  4. I am actually already missing the greens.

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  6. I love your ‘CSA Stew’ idea! I often end up with unused veggies at the end of the week — I’m going to try making my own one day soon!


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