Today I made my first pickup. Arrowhead offers an early spring add-on to their regular (summer) CSA shares. Today's bounty included:
- 2 bunches of broccoli rabe
- 2 bunches of arugula
- 2 heads of bok choy
- 2 heads of lettuce
- 2 bunches of rhubarb
- 1 bunch Swiss chard
- 1 bunch beets
- sprigs of basil and Thai basil
- a ton of chive blossoms
I realized as soon as I got the great news, that I need to do a menu plan each week when I pick up my vegetables. Otherwise, I am confident that a large portion of each pickup will end up in the compost pile. So here's my plan for this week:
- The rabe and arugula are little bolted and flowering, so I'm probably going to cook them down to use as side dish or to stir in to a soup.
- The beets and beet greens are going into a quiche with some goat cheese.
- The Swiss chard leaves will be blanched and then stuffed with a bulgur wheat salad made with tomato, feta, scallions and parsley.
- Bok choy goes into a noodle stir fry with broccoli, celery and carrots. The stir fry will be topped with a fried egg.
- The lettuce will become salads.
- The chive blossoms went into right into rice vinegar and will be chive blossom vinegar in two or three days.
- and, I think, the rhubarb will put in a tart and turned into juice for rhubarbaritas.
This Summer, I am chronicling my first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) experience. My CSA share is from Arrowhead Farm, a farm based in Newburyport, MA. Each week, I am posting about what was in my share and what I'm doing with it. By way of full disclosure, I won my share through a raffle and am not paying for it. However, Arrowhead did not know I was entered int he raffle, and I received no special consideration because of this blog.