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?
Blueberry Sour Cream Pancakes:
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
- 2 extra-large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- Unsalted butter
- 2 cups blueberries, plus extra for serving
- Pure maple syrup
Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sour cream, milk, eggs, vanilla, and lemon zest.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones, mixing only until combined.
Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat until it bubbles.
Ladle the pancake batter into the pan to make 3 or 4 pancakes.
Distribute a rounded tablespoon of blueberries on each pancake.
Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until bubbles appear on top and the underside is nicely browned. Flip the pancakes and then cook for another minute until browned.
Wipe out the pan with a paper towel, add more butter to the pan, and continue cooking pancakes until all the batter is used.
Serve with blueberries, butter and maple syrup.
Which reminds me, next year we are definitely doing the Maple Share!