csa radishes

I have a confession to make. I’m giving up on growing summer veggies. I feel kind of bad about it, but I wasn’t having very good luck. I really want to enjoy locally grown, organic veggies during the summer; I would just rather someone else grow them for me.

So I decided to buy a small CSA share from Community CROPS. I opted in for the fresh eggs, too. This week we got kale, mixed greens, salad greens, mint, green onions and radishes. I think I’m going to have to invest in a salad spinner!

csa mint

I’m going to try and keep track of what we get and what I make. Here’s what I’ve got planned:

  • roast the radishes and toss with a mint/yogurt sauce. Idea via NYT.
  • make kale salad from Super Natural Every Day
  • substitute radish greens for dandelion greens in the chickpea salad
    from Super Natural Every Day
  • use the onions in stir fry
  • eat lots and lots of salad!

My favorite salad right now: toss mixed and salad greens with raspberry vinaigrette, chopped tomato and avocado, crumbled goat cheese and a sprinkle of sunflower seeds.

What are some of your favorite recipes using fresh greens?

resource: Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day is my favorite summer cookbook. You can find my previous posts about her book here and here. She has a recipe sampler available here. You can find the above recipes in her book when you “search inside” on amazon.com.

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4 Responses to our first csa bag

  1. Sarah M says:

    Hey Julie,
    I hope you enjoy the program this year–they have a market style set-up this year, which they didn’t when the 2 years we did it. I hope you like what you get! During the first 2 months you will get SO.MANY.GREENS. and my advice for anything you can’t eat during the week to preserve by flash cooking (10-25 seconds boiling, drain, put immediately in an ice bath) and then saving for a later date, or to put in smoothies. We found this to be a successful way not to waste any food, especially when we were overwhelmed with greens.
    Can’t wait to read more!
    Sarah M

  2. Mom says:

    What a healthy, wonderful idea!I know you’ll find a way to make everything yummy!
    Mom

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