So I’ve started up again with a CSA box. This time I’m trying out Full Circle, which is a “hybrid CSA,” where some of the produce comes from their farm and some from other local farms, and where they do make a standard “box” each week but you can also tweak it and substitute from a large list of options. Soon I will write more about why I chose Full Circle, how it’s different from previous CSA experiences, and what I think of the service so far (this was box #2, I don’t have a decent picture of box #1).
One thing I’m doing differently than I have in the past is that this time around I subscribed to the largest size, the “Harvest” box. This week’s box was so stuffed the bounty is spilling out of the frame. Or it’s just a poorly composed photograph… Either way, the produce is yummy-looking and I can’t wait to dig in to it!
Here’s what came in my box this week:
Zucchini – 3
Cucumber – 1
Bicolor Sweet Corn – 4
Red Onions – 3
Bunched Carrots – 1 bunch
Avocados – 3
Romaine – 1 head
Red Chard – 1 bunch
Green Kale – 1 bunch
Black Plums – 7
Nectarines – 5
Strawberries – 1 box
My trades this week were plums instead of pluots and green kale instead of Valencia oranges. (A CSA that lets me trade kale for fruit – that’s my kind of CSA!) I have all kinds of plans for these goodies. The fruit will go into green smoothies (along with the lettuce and kale), although I have a feeling the strawberries are just going to get scarfed up as-is.
The corn! The corn! So sweet and delicious. I’m making a batch of Fresh Corn Polenta as soon as possible, although with corn this sweet and tender I’ll only add half to the polenta as it cooks, and stir the rest in at the end.
A lot of my summer recipes, including Fresh Corn Polenta, come from Peter Berley’s Fresh Food Fast, which has menus and recipes arranged by season. I have some mint in the fridge, so the zucchini will herald the arrival of summer with one of my absolute favorite summer dishes, Pan-seared Summer Squash With Garlic and Mint.
I plan to roast the carrots with one of the red onions, probably following this recipe from Simply Recipes (only with real garlic instead of garlic powder – ew). I am envisioning (and salivating over) a rice bowl with some lovely sweet brown rice, bits of roasted carrot and red onion, some of the seared zucchini with mint, diced avocado, and maybe a few cubes of smoked tofu. Yum yum yum.