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

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.

RAINA Member Diary Week #10

RAINA

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

pick up
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

Member Diary: Darling House Reflects on the CSA Season

In honor of this year’s final Southside distribution, the Darling House share would like to reflect on a few of the ways this food has integrated into our lives. Some background and habits: we are a household of 4 to 5 room mates that buys most of our groceries communally. There is a whiteboard in the kitchen that we use to track our purchases, as well as the week’s haul from the CSA. We cook a large dinner together 1 to 2 times a week, and about half the share goes into communal meals. Potatoes, onions, apples, died corn and squash go into hanging baskets in our kitchen, and the rest is stored in our fridge, which is always being cleaned out and re-arranged. Those more inclined to biking usually pick up the share in a backpack on their way home from work, and then they’re able to opt out of the volunteer shifts if they want.

Member Diary #5A – Crack Fox – June 4th Share

 

This is our 4th year being a part of the great Southside CSA. We usually do a full veggie and egg share, but after witnessing the insane berry bounty last year, we decided to go for the Full Monty Deluxe.

I cook 1-3 meals for us every day, so everything is usually eaten by my husband and I with some small dinner parties thrown in. We eat mainly vegetarian but not exclusively.

This weeks share was 1 pound of fresh green peas, 4 quarts (!) of strawberries and a dozen eggs.

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Week #5 – June 4 [A week]

Miss Mara enjoying the good life at Greig Farm

It was a wet one. Distribution was inside and we forgot the camera…Regardless, the strawberries were sweet. In fact, so were those Sugar Snap Peas. Ate most of those raw with my tamale. Life is good at distribution…

Greig Farm Share

  • 4 quarts Strawberries
  • 1 pound Sugar Snap Peas

Feather Ridge Egg Share

  • 1 dozen farm fresh eggs

Northwind Meat Share

  • Lamb Rib Chops
  • Whole Chickens
  • Ground Pork
  • 95% Lean Bull Burger
Feather Ridge Chicken Share
  • 1 fresh whole chicken