Last summer I enjoyed sharing my favorite, mother tested-husband approved recipes from my fresh garden vegetables so I thought it would be fun to share with you my weekly CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box and how I use it each week.
Last year Courtney jumped on the CSA train since they had a drop off location right at her local YMCA. Of course I was so jealous and was very excited to learn they have drop offs somewhat close to me.
My Mom and I both signed up this year and even after week 1 we are happy with our decision. We signed up through Fifer’s Orchird– that place is amazing! Superb fresh everything and festivals throughout the year! If you are ever in the Camden (outside Dover, Delaware) area you must stop by! I mean why wouldn’t you want to get some fresh apple donuts?
Anyway- back to the box! Week 1 had lots of fun stuff in it:
- Local honey
- Local yogurt
- Garlic Chives
- Bib lettuce
At first I panicked and wondered if I would be able to use all of those items- but here it is one week later and all I have left are some of the scallions, chives and mint!
We get a CSA box preview email which includes the items we will be receiving, general information about the items and even some links to recipe ideas. I was so excited to get check out the recipe links because I had no clue what to do with radishes!
- Steak marinade using the chives and scallions- I chopped up the herbs and threw them in marinade mixture of olive oil, soy sauce and Montreal steak seasoning. We grilled up the local, farm raised steak and it was delicious and tender! We also had some grilled asparagus and a spinach salad that I topped with one of my tomatoes and a hard boiled egg I had on hand.
- Mint Ice Cubes– I randomly saw this idea floating around facebook and I immediately jumped at the idea to make these! I rinsed off the mint and made some ice cubes to freshen up my water! I also added some blueberries because that is another favorite way to enjoy my water!
- Radish Spinach Salad with Lime Balsamic Dressing- THIS WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I followed this recipe here and it was so good! I took the advice in the recipe and lightly sautéed the asparagus. I also soaked the radishes in the homemade dressing while I was cooking the asparagus and it was just really good and fresh tasting! I highly recommend trying this simple recipe out! I used a mixture of the spinach and the bib lettuce! I also threw a sliced tomato on top! The lime balsamic dressing is top notch- perfect balance of sweet, tangy and just down right delicious!
- Good Old Stand-by Cucumbers and Vinegar. This is one of all time favorite side dishes. Growing up my mom would make them and she would make us “stay out of the fridge” as my sister and I would steal some out of the bowl as they were soaking in the vinegar mixture before dinner. Still to this day I cannot make them as good as her but I do try my best. We will behaving these as a side dish with Turkey Burgers on the grill!
I am very happy with week 1 and already have been scouting out recipes for the week #2 box! This week I made a small addition to my order- Apple Cider Donuts!
I am so excited to be a part of these 18 week long fresh adventure! Along with the CSA box I did plant another small garden at my house so I hope to be able to share lots of fun and exciting recipes with you as we progress through the spring and summer.
Are you a part of a local CSA program? Do you have a good radish recipe? What are you most looking forward to when it comes to summer vegetables?