Local Harvest

CSA week 6: the first tomatoes!

I wait for them all year: the first tomatoes of summer. I’m likely to take a big bite of one right there next to where it came off the vine. Warm from the summer sun, the juices drip down my chin, and their exquisite flavor sings in my mouth. This […]

CSA week 5: summer produce arrives

Finally, we see summer veggies! And this week I know what everything is, even if the beans are unexpectedly purple. Such a pretty color! This week’s box includes green and purple beans, more garlic, yellow summer squash, cucumbers, frisee or escarole, kohlrabi, a huge bunch of basil and a tidy bundle […]

CSA week 4: roots and leaves

Week 4’s distribution is, as the folks at CSA Commons say, all about roots and leaves, except for the radish pods, which I’ve never eaten before, and which are going to become a fabulous pre-dinner snack. Shown in the photo, and in this week’s box: those radish pods, carrots, little […]

CSA week 3: spring is definitely here

I just picked up my CSA distribution for week 3. You can see that there is more in the box every week – this means that I need to spend time every Tuesday thinking about how I’ll use the bounty. This week’s box contained tender young lettuce and edible nasturtium petals, basil, oregano, kohlrabi, daikon radish, 2 heads […]

The CSA season begins!

Look at that wonderful produce, right? THAT is our first week’s haul from the farm City Commons CSA. And this is only the beginning; it’s week 1 of a 20-week growing season. Our box contained sugar snap peas, oregano, dill, mint, garlic scapes, tender young Hakurei turnips, Swiss chard, and a […]

What happened with our CSA this year

Alternative title: learn from my mistakes. This past weekend was to be the Harvest Gathering at Hauk Farms CSA. It didn’t happen. In fact, most of what I expected (and paid for) didn’t happen. In short, I got burned by a bad year with an uncommunicative farmer. You see, we were spoiled […]

Garlic scapes

There’s such a short season for garlic scapes in the spring: I look forward to them every year in my CSA box and at the farmers market. They are the shoots of the hard neck garlic plant; our farmers cut them down so that the plant produces full bulbs, rather […]

Two weekends of abundance!

Every summer I preserve the season’s bounty. I’ve just finished a huge weekend of canning, following last weekend’s canning session, and my cupboards are full. The last weekend of August found us with cucumbers and beets in abundance, and the peaches at the farmers market were just too good to pass up. So […]

Japanese cucumber salad: sunomono

This is the original post, published July 2011. A more recent post has been indexed.  This one’s the easiest cucumber salad I know, partly because if you have the right seasoned vinegar, that’s all you need: sliced cukes and vinegar. Sure, you can make it look fancy with a sprinkling […]

garlic scapes

Ideas for Garlic Scapes

Of all the vegetables from my CSA box, garlic scapes look the most like something you might find in a Dr. Seuss book. With their tall green fronds they look like ridiculously curly tulip stems, and end in long pointy shoots. These are the flower shoots of the garlic plant; […]

About our CSA – why we love it

Ask just about anyone, and they’ll agree that they want to eat better. It can be very hard, though, to overcome habits of shopping and cooking. Two years ago, we made a change in our lives to force us to change our habits: we joined the Rocky Gardens CSA. CSA stands […]