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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Novack Member Diary Week #12

pic by Kate Novack

This is our first year doing a CSA. I’d been wanting to join one for a long time and I guess the thing that finally got me to Ryan’s apartment to sign up was a longing to attach some kind of ritual to our ‘grocery shopping,’ ideally one that didn’t involve icy air conditioning or free delivery. Honestly, I was a little afraid my kids (4 and 5) were starting to think food grew in Fresh Direct trucks. We started small, with the Berry and Orchard shares. At the first distribution, we picked up only about eight spears of asparagus. But with good olive oil, some sea salt and about ten minutes in the oven they were delicious. And in a way, starting lean only reinforced the idea that it takes work (or, in our case, a three-block walk) to make food. This week, there was more to tote home. The NY Orchard Share was one box each of raspberries and cherries. The raspberries were especially beautiful, separated into small green boxes that were nestled together in a larger white box. They reminded me of puppies in a litter. How could you possibly pick one?

pic by Kate Novack

Kohlrabi Greek Salad

Kohlrabi Greek Salad

Another fantastic way our members are eating up their share. Kohlrabi, carrots, and onions by Nicole!!

Kohlrabi Greek Salad
Serves 1
Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cucumber, Diced
  • 1/2 Medium Tomato Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Diced Kholrabi
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Red Onion
  • 2″ Square of Feta, Diced or Feta Crumbles to taste
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1/2 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar or Lemon Juice
  • Optional – Chopped Parsley
  • Optional – 1 TSP Zataar (Mediterranean Spice Mix)

1. Put diced and chopped veggies in a bowl. Mix.
2. Top with feta, spices, parsley (if using)
3. Mix the olive oil and vinegar (or lemon juice). This will be your dressing.

Note: If packing for lunch (like pictured), pack the dressing in a separate container

Polish Blueberry Soup

pic by Nicole Tanska

Looking for a new way to enjoy your blueberry harvest…

Check out this great recipe shared by member Nicole Tanska. Check out her blog — Tiny Kitchen BK — for more yummy recipes and GORGEOUS pics!!

Blueberry Soup

serves 4

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups berries
  • 1 liter water
  • pinch cornstarch
  • tablespoon cream
  • 2 cups cooked egg noodles

1.) add water, sugar and berries. bring to a simmer. don’t let it boil or the berries explode

2.) mix cornstarch w/ 1/2 cup water on the side. add the mixture to the pot.

3.) after about 3-4 minutes, turn off heat and ladle into bowls with noodles . top with cream.

Kohlrabi by Nicole

pic by Nicole Tanska

 

Still have a kohlrabi in your fridge? Not sure how to eat it up? Slice and serve on bread with vegeta (you can find in Eastern European bodegas).

RAINA Member Diary Week #10

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Clockwise from top left:

  1. strawberry and almond milk smoothies
  2. our daughter supervising the monday CSA Pickup
  3. Dal and bhaji
  4. In production (yellow lentils, garlic and spinach with white onion)
  5. peas and carrots, frozen and ready for some homemade baby food
  6. roasted beets in situ
  7. beet greens sauteeing with garlic
  8. barley, beets, beet green salad
  9. carrots (the better to see you with!)

 

With a new member of our family (above, supervising), two busy jobs, and a LOT of adjusting in the last year, we’ve struggled with eating well and sustainably.  We were excited when one of our neighbors told us about the Southside CSA… Continue reading

Jacob-Hurwitz Member Diary for Week #8

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I am a brand new member of the Southside CSA this season! After participating in CSAs in other neighborhoods with my boyfriend, we were delighted to find a CSA close to our new home on the south side. We’ve been picking up a half share of berries, vegetables, and soon fruit and we are also getting chicken. We’ve been making lots of delicious recipes from our haul including strawberry shortcake and salmon with asparagus in parchment.
pic by jacob-hurwitz