Posted on July 14, 2014 by ryan la chica
Some of the strawberries that live in our refrigerator!
At Milk Bar we know a good snack when we see one! At any given day in our busy office one may find a veritable smorgasbord of potential new treats laid upon our big meeting table for tasting like a Parthenon offering to the statue of Athena. A day’s work is all too often punctuated by the remnants of these delicious creations some of which find their way to our menu while others remain a happy memory in our collective palate perhaps to be resurrected by a culinary epiphany at some future date. If one is not careful, however, by end of day one may find he has quietly amassed a mountain of plates with the evidence of the milky, sugary goodness staring him in the face reminding him he’s substituted chocolate malt for a midday meal once again. Not a bad gig for any burgeoning snackmeister, I must say.
Around the Milk Bar office our CSA share has given us a few new daytime snack options. We store our share in the office refrigerator where most mornings members of our Press team can be found stirring a handful of blueberries and strawberries into their yogurt or oatmeal. Weekly meetings, once dominated by a spread of goodies that would make Marie Antoinette blush, now share the stage with snap peas and berry bowls. Though our tastings remain sacred we turn to our CSA share for much needed midday sustenance and each member of our team is free to visit the fridge at his or her delight. Personally, I’m partial to a cornflake-strawberry-blueberry admixture – great for snacking with multiple pencils tucked behind your ears and an inbox bursting at the digital seams.
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Posted on June 30, 2014 by ryan la chica
We are Maria, Quentin, and Hawkins (the cat). This is the first summer we’ve signed up for a CSA and we couldn’t love it more! The two of us pick up full berry and vegetable shares (orchard share to come!!).
This week we got four quarts of strawberries, four stalks garlic, two stalks of red onion, three stalks of white onion, a cute plastic bag of flor de calabaza, one bunch mizuna and one of Swiss chard, two pounds of snap peas (one from Greig Farm and one from Miromex) and a pound of mixed salad greens. We ran through most of it this week save for some leftover onions and garlic. And we’ve been able to lug everything back to our home in Ridgewood in three canvas tote bags.
Though we’ve planning to make strawberry preserves the way Maria’s grandmother likes to, this time we ate through all 4 quarts by Wednesday afternoon! Last week, we somehow managed to restrain ourselves enough to save a quart for a batch of strawberry biscuits… but not this time around.
For breakfast, we often make scrambled eggs served on tortillas with some scraps of green veggies. This week we used cilantro and sugar snap peas. Both of us bring lunch to work during weekdays and we’ve been happily throwing the mixed salad greens on our turkey sandwiches for extra crunch. Yum! Continue reading
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Posted on June 16, 2014 by ryan la chica
SOKIO – We are a family of three—Amanda, Mauricio and newborn Paulo who is just twelve weeks old. We pick up full vegetable, berry, orchard, and egg shares every week, and a meat share every other week. We’ve also bought large quantities of maple syrup through Southside CSA.
We joined the CSA last year, and it transformed our lives in an amazing way! We were planning our wedding celebration which happened in August, and also got pregnant a couple of months into the season. The incredibly delicious produce, fruit and meat nourished me throughout my pregnancy (we continued with the winter shares as well), and after sampling quite a lot of meat in the first few months, we ended up special ordering some lamb, steaks and sausages for our wedding reception.
It’s been fun to come back to the Woods for pickups on a weekly basis, and a great way for some of our friends who are also members to get to know Paulo.
This last week the first strawberries arrived, and that’s definitely a hallelujah feeling for me!
I was also reminded of how bountiful the shares can be as the summer kicks in—we definitely need to clear some room in our freezer! We bought a small counter height freezer last year to store all of the meat and berries we were getting, and it’s been wonderful to feast off of last season all year long. We still have some blueberries and beets from last summer and some vegetables from the winter share.
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Posted on June 9, 2014 by ryan la chica
Blood & Thunder (aka Mary, Hashem and Xochi – and sometimes more friends)
Southside CSA’s sweetest “member”
We are a household of two (plus a dog). We have signed up for the Full Greig (Berry) Share, Full Egg, ½ Veggie and ½ Meat Shares.
Meat & Eggs
Eggs, Strawberries, & Asparagus
Share in a Bag
Ryan and Xochi
Here are the meals from my week that I used CSA share stuff: Continue reading
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Posted on May 21, 2014 by ryan la chica
Eggs in a Cup
A carton of fresh eggs doesn’t last long at our house. Our two person share family plows right through the dozen each week. Eggs are by far our favorite protein for all meals. Here’s what we did with our most recent dozen from the CSA (our veg and fruit shares haven’t started up yet).
1. Eggs on a half shell
Soft boiled eggs are the best, especially for dinner. For perfect soft boiled eggs, boil the water, add some vinegar, and drop the eggs in for about 7 minutes. After, drop the eggs into cold water.
Soft Boiled Eggs
For this meal, we put the soft boiled eggs over brown rice with soy sauce, and ate with a salad and some fresh asparagus cooked on high temp. Delicious. Continue reading
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Posted on May 19, 2014 by ryan la chica
Berry means Asparagus in May
Blog entry for a Half Share of MONTY DELUXE — Week B.
Pick up date: May 12, 2014 — Week 2 of Summer ’14!
The half share means I only pick up every other week.
My share is just for me, & a few lucky friends who occasionally get what I can’t finish :)
Yellow Bell Eggs
The Summer always starts a bit light, as things are just beginning to grow after the long winter, so we only got one veggie this week: Asparagus! However, it was amazing, and I am still trying to finish it. We got a huge bucket of asparagus — 3 & 1/2 pounds!! — from Grieg Farm, and I got a dozen eggs from Yellow Bell Farm.
Asparagus by Greig Farm
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Posted on November 11, 2013 by ryan la chica
This week we got butternut squash, potatoes, red onions, carrots, kale, mustard greens, cilantro, parsley, popping corn, apple and apple cider. We have a Full Monty share; We eat mostly vegan and usually have no problem getting through our fruit and vegetables each week. This is our 5th year in the CSA, so by now there are very few surprises. We have our favorite recipes for each vegetable that we return to each year.
With butternut squash, we pretty much always make a butternut squash and chickpea curry from Madhur Jaffrey’s wonderful “World Vegetarian” cookbook. Continue reading
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Posted on October 22, 2013 by ryan la chica
Meeshka Share Family shares with us some yummy recipes for all those apples, strawberries in the freezer, and squash you have piling up on the counter….
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