Marcel Forrest Member Diary – Week of June 16

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Marcel Forrest – We have a half share of veggies and eggs that feeds me (Jason) and my boyfriend (Marcel). I was so excited as this is my first year as a member of the CSA and my first share of veggies! I came to distribution not sure what to expect and was delighted by the variety.

This week’s haul
● 1/2 lb lettuce
● 1/2 lb baby bok choy
● 1/2 lb english peas
● 1/2 pound garlic scrapes (yea!)
● 1 bunch swiss chard
● 1 bunch cilantro
● 1 bunch garlic (4 pieces)

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One bag is enough to carry everything home.

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Sebastian Member Diary – Week of May 19

sebastian 2Hello, Hellooooo!….
I split a share with 2 other families last year and it worked out so well that we decided to do it again this year! We realized that this way we each get a bounty of goodies every 3 weeks, and not the weekly/ bi-weekly necessity. Each of our families have 3-4 hearty mouths to feed and individually all have a love of cooking. Splitting our CSA was a way to support local farms, but still be able to manage the amount of produce we committed to. Our share consists of fruit, berries, veggies and egg.
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I’ve gotten in the habit of combining the Monday pick up with an outdoor activity for my 3y/o Evan. The park across from The Woods is a perfect place to hangout, have a picnic dinner or run around for an hour or so, before we pick up our produce.
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Since I find myself juggling quite a bit during the week (freelancing, an energetic toddler, school, a dog, a hard working husband and toddler classes & activities), I make an effort to spend one day cooking a multitude of things in anticipation of the busy week ahead. Though I do tend to cook most of our meals, I have learned many ways to cut cut corners and save time.

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Member Diary – Eggs Three Ways by Raptor

Eggs in a Cup

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

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

Veggie Monster Member Diary from Oct 28th Share Week

Share pic by katerina barry 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.
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151 Kent Member Diary Week #13

Basil Our share feeds three in our household: one chef who works at Parish Hall, one expert baker and me, a girl whose cooking skills plateau at stir-fry. We typically plan dinner once a week, where we use the majority of our produce share (half-berry, half-orchard, full veggie). The amount of produce we get in a week is sometimes more than we can manage to eat. Making one meal large enough for leftovers is a convenient way to use it up. This week we received a plethora of blessed veggies: corn, onions, kale, leeks, squash, beets, carrots, and basil along with a bucket of blueberries. We store the veggies in the refrigerator and the basil in a glass of water.

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Ricker Family Member Diary Week #13

We’ve been members of Southside CSA since its founding (6 years?) but this is our first Member Diary! We are a family of three and we pick up a veggie share every week with meat and eggs every other week. This week we were super excited to see corn cobs at The Woods for the first time this season.

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I like to use the corn right away so the first thing I did was make a corn salsa that I could quickly throw on top of dishes throughout the week- it ended up in quesadillas, on pizza and in salads and I still have enough left over that it will probably last another week or two.

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Along the same lines, I also made a veggie pickle slaw early in the week inspired by this Smitten Kitchen recipe to throw into dishes throughout the week. Our version used up carrots, cucumbers and celery. It’s great to bring to bbq’s!

Munching on a roasted carrot stick

Munching on a roasted carrot stick

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Dec Winter Share Member Diary by Funcore

This month we received:

  • 2 doz eggs
  • tomato puree
  • collard greens
  • blueberries
  • diced peppers
  • corn
  • butternut squash puree
  • green beans

Pasta Bolognes

We used the tomato puree and frozen peppers in this dish.  Locally made Severino papardelle pasta made this vegetarian dinner super awesome!  Continue reading

Cooking with Butternut Squash Puree by Kale Cult

Winter Share distribution. 2010

Butternut Squash Puree!!

One of our fab member’s Naomi wrote this up last season. We had been slacking over at Southside CSA headquarters in getting this posted last season and decided to wait until it was Winter season again. As we are knee deep into the season and have received the puree in both Dec & Jan distributions, we decided it would be a great time to share her tips!

Just because winter share is over doesn’t mean you don’t have three blocks of squash puree in your freezer.  This year, I decided I would lower my intake of squash soup and do some more caloric things with my squash blocks.  Here a few squash recipes I tried that will help you get through the tedious warm spring days and remember that the cold dark days of winter are right around the corner.  Enjoy.

Squash Puree Risotto

PLEASE NOTE:  The squash puree we get is a little more watery than puree you’d make yourself so unless you really love baby food, add the squash puree when the rice is still al dente.  You’ll need a little less stock.  Also, if you don’t have leeks, use onions.  They are easier to clean anyway – not that I’ve ever rinsed leeks three times.  And vegetable stock can be substituted for chicken stock.

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What’s Cooking? Pork Sausage Pasta

Yeah! Our first video recipe of the 2011 season.

Yum! Looking good. Thanks Meng & Alex  for sharing.

Can’t wait to see what the rest of you cook up…

Member Diary #12: Bar Norman

This week’s share: kale, romaine, cilantro, basil, red and yellow onions, carrots, radishes, summer squash and zucchini, celery, peaches, plums, eggs

My two roommates and I have a Full Monty share. Since I wrote last season’s member diary,  I’ve switched from freelancing to working full-time, so I’ve had less time to cook anything complicated. My roommates and I are all working 9-5 and use the share mostly for dinners, but we try to make enough for lunch the next day, too. All the greens and herbs in the season so far have been great for fast salads and simple preparations that still have a lot of flavor. The heat this weekend kept us out of the city and out of the kitchen, but here are some lighter things good for the summer weather (and one dessert for which I braved using the oven). Continue reading

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