This week's CSA bag: Swiss Chard, zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, cabbage, a red onion, a head of garlic, a beet, cucumbers, lettuce, herbs, and the season's first tomatoes!
This is the beginning of year 3 of Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA for our family. Every week we get a bag of locally grown and in-season vegetables. I enjoy it but I have also have had stretches where I was running out of ideas for winter root vegetables, and in the spring when the weather is nice, all we seem to get is greens.
Finally, the real veggies have started to come in! Yes, I could walk into the grocery store anytime, on any day and buy these and more but it’s not the same. Aside from the environmental and health issues, these have genuine just-picked flavor. There’s also a real excitement to see foods we haven’t eaten in almost a year. Today we got the first tomatoes of the season.
What would you do with these?
I want to hear from you! Put yourself in my kitchen and tell me what you would do with these veggies. It doesn’t have to be all one combined dish, just share what, when you look at these, comes to your mind? What would you need to add?
For my part I see tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic and basil and immediately think gazpacho.
So using the comments section below, consider this your own “Iron Chef basket” and assume you have a modest budget for additional ingredients. What would you make? Give as much detail as you like.
And consider this, it’s a simple pleasure to get excited over fresh vegetables!