October 5, 2009

It's CSA Day: the first of fall

I'm very excited about today's delivery. There are more greens, and the potatoes are back! I never thought I'd get so excited about potatoes, but these fingerlings are delicious. I'm also quite happy with the whole spread, and those raisins look really tasty. They'll be good added to salads.

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It's a great idea if you want to eat fresh, local, organic produce, but can't seem to get to the Farmer's Market. Our CSA (Auntie Em's) delivers right to our door in an insulated bag. It also posts recipes and serving tips for each week's produce on their website.

This week we got (roughly clockwise from the back): watermelon, collard greens, fingerling potatoes, loose baby greens in bag, chocolate chip brownie, dried thyme and marjoram bundle, yellow peaches, pluots, raisins, brandywine tomatoes, sun gold tomatoes, tongue of fire beans, red flame grapes, music garlic, cippolini onions, red leaf lettuce, acorn squash, and leeks.

I think I'll make a Meatless Monday dinner of Baked Squash with Heirloom Tomatoes and Pine Nuts and a red leaf lettuce salad. I'll post the recipe below. It calls for butternut squash but I'm going to substitute the acorn squash and I know it will be just as good. I'm also going to roast some of the cherry tomatoes until they're sweet for the side salad.

If you see any ingredients that just scream out a recipe or preparation to you, please share in a comment. I'd love to hear your ideas. And tell us about your CSA or Farmer's Market routines and experiences.


Alea said...

I am working really hard to keep my garden producing this fall, so we can keep eating organic vegetables. It sure is tempting to see if we have a CSA. Your deliveries always look wonderful.

I found another meatless recipe: http://asouthernfairytale.com/2009/10/05/mushroom-quesadillas/

Angela said...

Alea- I think the best possible option is growing your own. That's so great that you do that. And must be so satisfying.

Thanks for the recipe- it will be a big hit in our house! We both love quesadillas, and mushrooms too. And I'll put it on next week's MM recipe list. Thanks!