Today I picked up something that I have been eagerly anticipating for some time now – our very first CSA box! Earlier this year I decided that I wanted to purchase a share in a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and after some research, decided to purchase a half share from Two Creeks Organics, a local family Michigan farm located in Manchester.
Here is some information regarding their growing practices:
“We use only natural sustainable methods in growing our produce and raising our animals. We are Certified Naturally Grown. Our fields have been in hay for over ten years with no chemicals or pesticides used on them.”
Today after work, I went to the Westside Farmers Market, located in the Zingerman’s Roadhouse parking lot, to pick up my box of produce. I had an idea of what to expect due to a CSA newsletter sent out to all the members earlier this week.
- Basil plant (in memory of Mr. Basil!) What should I name him?
- Green leaf lettuce
- Lettuce with reddish tips
Radishes are so pretty! Growing up, I always used to help my dad with our family garden, and radishes were my favorite veggie to harvest – even though I wouldn’t eat them as a child! I had a big elaborate single-manned assembly line with multiple stations, involving picking, transporting to deck, chopping off the greens, and mass-washing them with the hose. YES!
What shall I do with these guys? Make a dip? Just salt + crunch ‘em raw?
For dinner, I sliced the roots off of some of the green leaf lettuce, chopped, and washed in a large bowl, letting the dirt float to the bottom of the bowl.
Salad spinners are handy in such situations.
To top the lettuce, I mixed together a bowl with some of my CSA scallions, as well as chopped red bell pepper, carrots, celery, chickpeas, and canned tuna. I dressed this mixture with a dressing consisting of EVOO, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, dried basil, and salt, and then topped a heaping bowl of lettuce with this topping.
On the side I made something that I have been obsessed with lately – Greek Yogurt bowls. I plop Greek yogurt in a bowl (preferably Fage brand), top with sliced berries (strawb and rasp, in this case), a palmful of something crunchy, and drizzle with honey.
This dinner was so fresh and tasty! I just felt healthy eating it – full of so much goodness. I love that my bowl of lettuce was grown just miles away.
After dinner, I fulfilled my hankering for a long (to me!) run and ran 3 miles in 28:49 minutes. Faster than Sunday’s 5K – but the weather was much cooler! A great running night. I’ve decided I can’t let any nights go to waste this summer – if it’s good running weather, then run, I must! I was unable to the last two days because of the 90+ degree weather. Wow, it felt so good to run tonight – dare I say, therapeutic? It’s becoming addicting.