Falling easily into old patterns

10 03 2010

Good ones!  A few years ago we belonged to a veggie CSA with Eatwell Farm.  It was wonderful – we tried new foods (turnips! now a fav), it kept us eating things in season, we ate farm fresh eggs, and we experimented with new recipes.  But after a few years we were itching to pick out our own produce.  To choose a recipe and go buy the ingredients.  And we stopped participating.  We still shopped at the Eatwell stand at the farmers’ market and we still ate a lot of foods primarily in season.

Fast forward 4 years and we now belong to a meat CSA with Marin Sun Farms (love them), and I wanted to revisit a veggie box.  It can be inspirational to have a bunch of random veggies you may or may not have cooked before, or ones you may not even think you like, and to make something up that turns out brilliantly.  Like this fritatta-ish thing:

Made with a leek, mixed baby kale and collard greens, and eggs all from today’s veggie box as well as some mushrooms and fontina hanging out in the fridge.  Yum!

One of my favorite things about Eatwell is that they are so connected to their CSA members.  They have a blog, regular get togethers at the farm, and every week there is a newsletter with weekly news of the farm, what’s growing, recipes, upcoming harvests, a list of what was in the box that week and where it came from (they have a few participating neighbor farms that supply the CSA from time to time).  The old pattern I have happily fallen back into is the weekly unpacking, washing, and storing of the produce.  The newsletter even tells you how to wash and store items and when to be sure to enjoy them by.  Who knew you should put salt in the soaking water when cleaning your spinach and only have to wash it once?

Amazing.

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