Our share family consists of two parents, and two children. Our daughter Ana is a strong-willed 4 year old, and our son Hugo is an energetic 20 month old. Together we share the Domino Deluxe. The share for this week included: potatoes, serrano peppers, jalapeño peppers, tomatillos, green and red tomatoes, celery, lettuce, cabbage, radishes, peaches, plums, raspberries, and eggs.
Participating in the CSA has been a wonderful not only because of the amazing produce and eggs, but also because it has inspired great conversations with Ana. Pickups have led to discussions about: where our food comes from, how and who grows it, where maple syrup comes from (thank you Circle C farms), why some food grows on trees and some in the ground, and has even led to us composting our scraps. Ana always looks forward to the weekly pickup, and having a chance to dance on the stage at The Woods.
Our ways of consuming our share have been simple fast dishes that are easy to involve the kids in. Pasta is always a crowd pleaser, and we have found that most veggies can be chopped up and sautéed with garlic and onions and served over whole grain pasta. We also love to make creative tacos which may include any combination of the following: fresh greens, herbs, tomatoes, roasted veggies, refried beans, scrambled eggs, and cheese, folded in corn tortillas.
Berries always create an immediate frenzy, and rarely make it home without being consumed. The copious amount of blueberries we received earlier in the season froze perfectly and are still providing us with the main ingredient in our favorite breakfast smoothie: frozen blueberries, spinach or kale (don’t tell the kids), orange juice, and spirulina (we call that pixie dust). Their pungent flavor and dark color perfectly disguise the greens for our finicky eaters.
Our latest endeavor was making potato salad together. The recipe has been adapted from a combination of recipes we have tried over the years. The crop share potatoes are buttery and sweet and make a fantastic salad, and the fresh eggs are amazing:
- Chop and boil approx 8 medium sized potatoes
- 1 medium sized chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 3 mashed hard-boiled eggs
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- ½ cup sour cream (the whole kind)
- ½ cup mayo
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- salt and pepper