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Summer Farm Share

Well, long time no blog! The last few weeks have been so long and stressful and I just haven’t had the time or desire to type. But, all that changed yesterday when I began my SUMMER VACATION!!! Oh yes, sometimes it pays (sadly not literally) to be a teacher! I cannot wait to enjoy every second of my next 60 days. πŸ™‚

One of the things I am most excited for this summer is our farm share! Nolan and I participated in one a few years ago in Dracut (here!), and this year we joined a local farm here in town. For the next 20 weeks we will receive 5-15 pounds of produce every Tuesday! We are splitting our full share (which feeds a family of 4) with Nolan’s family because we definitely don’t want anything to go to waste and it averages out to be about $20 a week for fresh produce, which is close to what I would already spend at the grocery store. What I love about these shares is that I am exposed to so many new foods and flavors and it forces me to really get creative in the kitchen! Β It’s also a great way to eat fresh and support local agriculture. There are so many farms participating in these CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs, so be sure to look for one in your area!

This is our second share week and here is the haul:

IMG_1069 IMG_1071 IMG_1072Spinach, collard greens, kale, lettuce, radishes, scallions, snap peas, and strawberries. The coolest part of this share is that sometimes these is a “u pick” crop that you actually go out into the fields and pick yourself! The strawberries are from the first week but I was low on time so I picked strawberries and snap peas this week. πŸ™‚

peasssI picked everything up this morning, and I have already put some of these things to good use! Anyone know what I can do with all these radishes?? I’m at a loss. Any suggestion is welcomed! I cannot wait to see what next week brings!

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  • Jeri June 25, 2014, 12:40 am

    I saw some quick pickled radishes and onions on the Food Network, and tried it last week. Just slice red onion and radishes super thin (on a mandonline if you have one). Put them in a jar with your favorite vinegar and a little salt and sugar. In a half hour you will have a delicious condiment for burgers, sandwiches, on top of salad, or just as a yummy side. I don’t know how long it will last, because we ate it all in two days.

    • Katy June 25, 2014, 8:48 am

      Love this idea! I need to get a thin slicer, but I just finished a jar of zesty vegetables and I have a jar of vinegar left behind that would be perfect for these. Thanks!!!

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