On a flight to Paris sometime in the early 2000’s, I was once fed a tiny wedge of innocuously labeled Brie on top of a sugar cookie. The combo was delivered unceremoniously by an airline Stewardess who, despite being lovely and charming in an exquisitely French way, did nothing to refine the two three-inch pieces of “food”, which were wrapped in plastic like an astronaut’s meal. And yet to this day this airline-brand snack is one of the greatest things that I have ever eaten. All of this is to say that the story of my Brooklyn CSA experience begins long before I bought a share. Walk with me for a moment. (more…)
This is my third year in the Southside CSA and it’s always a highlight of my summer. This year I have a half veggie, half orchard, half eggs, and half (shared) berry. Officially, this share is mine alone, but I tend to cook for my roommate, my boyfriend, friends or coworkers often. The vegetables make up most of my lunches and dinners for the first week with a few things saved for the next (off) week. To keep from getting overwhelmed, I set up my berry share on the opposite week of my vegetable/fruit/egg share.
What a haul this week! Cilantro, basil, carrots, kale, leeks, beets, green peppers, zucchini, purple potatoes, corn, a dozen eggs, and two kinds of plums.
Our Half Monty share of veggies, eggs, orchard, and berries is split between three
roommates: Mo, Michele, and myself, Teresa. Last month, Michele moved into her
own place, and I leave New York in just a week for the West Coast, so it’s with a heavy
heart that I cooked up this week’s share. I’ve always enjoyed cooking, and farmshare
has provided me with a welcome challenge to incorporate new items into my repertoire,
and for that I – and my palate – are forever grateful! So consider this member diary my
departing love letter to Southside CSA.
My full Veggie share: 1 lb Poblano Peppers, 1/2 lb Chilaca Peppers, 1 lb Tomatoes, 1 head of Cabbage, 1 head Red Leaf Lettuce (I took 2 by accident…ahem), 1 bunch Cilantro, 1 Acorn Squash, 1 Butternut Squash, 1 bunch Lemongrass
My Egg share: A dozen nice healthy eggs
My Fruit share: 1 qt. Apple cider, 1 lb Golden Delicious Apples, 1 lb Crispin Apples, 1 lb Empire Apples
Hello! The theme of this week for me was definitely “Everything tastes better with roasted Poblano or Chilaca peppers”- they are both so mild and delicious when roasted on an open flame. I also used the gigantic head of cabbage in quite a few dishes so that was a hero ingredient too. I love cooking with CSA food- everything is always so fresh and tasty. Here are some of the things I made this week from my share. (more…)
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Southside CSA Diary for the week of 9/20
One important thing to note about our share is that my boyfriend does not eat vegetables, only lettuces, potatoes, and raw carrots. But he loves fruits, berries, eggs, and meat of all sorts. This means I have to really make the most of the veggie share all on my own, especially as I hate to waste good food.
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The best part of joining Southside CSA (I am a second year) was how it inspired me to cook again. I cooked a ton last summer. It’s so thrilling to come up with creative ways to use the share. My stacks of recipes and cookbooks are finally put to the test.
Member Ruth is sharing a very delish blog-worthy recipe. Enjoy (& keep ‘em coming!)
Here’s a little recipe for those veggie lovin meat eaters that I found on the internet and altered tonight and thought I would share. It was absolutely delicious!
Ruth (Team Neal) (more…)
Ever escaped the heat of the city by ducking into McGolrick Park with a big styrofoam container of chilled borscht from Kormoran Restaurant? It is one of my favorite treats of the neighborhood (more…)
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