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Or, at least switching CSAs. This is the return to my original CSA, the one that got me hooked on CSAs. Sandy Spring using Lancaster Farm Fresh, a cooperative of Amish farms near Lancaster. This is the third time, too, for multiple CSA deliveries in the same week. Changing seasons or sites or CSAs will do that. In other words, I am really drowning in veggies.

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The reason I like this CSA is the experience. These are usually some very unique veggies, and always a huge amount. Two years ago, it freaked us out. We hadn’t changed our style of eating, cooking, freezing/canning and innovating. We gave lots of stuff away.

Now, I embrace the challenge. Particularly in the summer. In spring and fall I volunteer for lots of things. In winter, I recuperate and do house renovations and projects. In summer, I like figuring out what to do with cardoons or African horned melon. I still get my Breezy Willow fix at Glenwood. Those lovely eggs. Hit the farm store for mozzarella, yogurt, honey and other staples.

Some people may not handle this well. I think this year I am going to hang around the pick up site and see what goes into the swap box. How many adventurous people are out there in Columbia? This year they offered half shares for the first time. The half shares are more conventional than the full shares.

But, what did we get yesterday? TWELVE items. Glad they waited a week due to a slow spring. But, TWELVE?

Red tatsoi
Gai-Lan Chinese broccoli
White scallions
Green Romaine
Butter lettuce
White Kohlrabi

Most boxes also had: Red scallions and spinach, but not me. You will notice in the picture all those lovely rhubarb stalks. Some of the boxes had rhubarb. I hung around and swapped for two. Why?

Rhubarb-B-Q Sauce is why.

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One of my local food challenge cyber friends made this. I love it. You will never buy BBQ sauce again if you learn to make your own.

As for the kohlrabi. Some people swapped. Most kept it. Now, the half share people were swapping mustard greens left and right. Our site host might be drowning in mustard greens today.

I love kohlrabi. Here is how I usually make it. Grilled with apple. Sprinkled with garam masala.

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Here’s to the start of another fabulous summer, full of fresh organic foods, from the CSA and the farmer’s markets.


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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.

9 responses »

  1. Thanks for that information. I knew the items came from Lancaster area, did not realize they were Amish. That changes things for me. Appreciate it.

  2. Oh Rhubarb. I really miss rhubarb. My mom has already offered to send some this spring. I know I will take her up on that soon. And I will load my backpack and bring it home with me when I go visit this summer.

  3. Sounds delicious. Enjoy! We will miss you! See you soon.

    • You won’t be missing me. πŸ™‚

      Since the farm store is open on Saturdays, I will be stopping in for mozzarella, eggs, butter, cheese, honey, yogurt, ice cream, meat. Don’t need grocery stores when we can get it up the road.

  4. Great way to kick off the summer – rhubarb! nuff said.

  5. Drowning in veggies is a nice way to go, I think.
    I was so happy to see a full crisper 24 hrs ago and I’ve already made quite a dent in some things! Nice, since I was worried about being able to handle a full share esp in Spring with my spouse gone.
    I wonder if I’ll be getting kohlrabi soon? I’ll post my Spam Musubi rolls w/ kohlrabi on Monday as planned, just in case.

  6. Just discovered your blog. Looks like you’re close to me in geography (we’re in Delaware). Looking forward to following.

  7. What a killer box! Loving the chinese broccoli…a new one for me.

    Thanks for sharing and linking up!

    ps: very fond of the new look πŸ™‚

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