The Real First Sign of Summer: CSA Delivery

Forget the robins.  For me it isn’t summer until the CSAs deliver.

For those who are unfamiliar with the term, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  This is a system where members “subscribe” to a farm, then receive a share of the harvest throughout the growing season.

The first of my CSAs to deliver is Springdale Farm located in Plymouth, WI.  The second, Rare Earth Farm, will start next week.  Yesterday’s delivery was to a garage about a mile away and I picked up a box with spinach, lettuce, zucchini, garlic scapes (shoots), pea shoots, mushrooms and cilantro. Despite my experience, the pea shoots are new and I must admit my reaction was “pea shoots???”

With our kitchen under construction, it has been far too easy to go light on the vegetables. I am hoping that the start of these deliveries will turn me around.  In fact, when people ask me for advice about eating healthier, the first things I recommend is to join a CSA, and then “count your veggies”.  The beautiful produce is so hard to pass up.

Dinner provided an opportunity to get adventuresome.  In Springdale’s newsletter, they suggested grilling the garlic scapes and since I had some asparagus from a farm market, I decided to put the two together with a little chopped leek,  zucchini and cilantro thrown in for good measure.  Here is my make-shift recipe:

Marinated grilled vegetables

2 T olive oil

2 T canola oil

1 T balsamic vinegar

2 T red wine vinegar (homemade even!)

1 T water

1 t garlic pepper

2 T chopped cilantro

½ t salt

Mix and add sliced vegetables of your choice.  Marinate for a couple of hours, then grill until softened and smoky flavored.

The thicker parts of the garlic scapes were a a bit tough, so my lesson out of this might be to put them on early.  Otherwise delicious!  Served with a (local, organic, grass-fed) grilled steak and some of my homemade honey whole wheat bread (recipe here), it made for a satisfying and easy dinner.

Grilled CSA Veggies

Grilled CSA Veggies

Tally:  Used up mushrooms, zucchini, garlic scapes

Partially used the spinach, cilantro

Still pondering those pea shoots…

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4 thoughts on “The Real First Sign of Summer: CSA Delivery

  1. Tammy McLeod

    Everywhere I turn in the blogosphere, people are getting pea shoots in their CSAs. I’m sort of with you. Pea shoots? No idea what they are and don’t think I’ve ever had them.

    1. Inger Wilkerson

      Springdale wrote back and said that the pea shoots would have been good in the grilled veggies, so perhaps I’ll try that if I get them again. Check back after the weekend when I surely will have decided and tried a recipe for them! Although sometimes daunting, one of the CSA benefits is that you try new things! It took me years to find a way my family likes kale, but I persisted and we truly enjoy it now! Thanks for the idea that I might find more info with a little web surfing.

  2. Marian Wilkerson

    If you cut the garlic scapes thin and on the diagonal they will grill faster. We grill them all the time and they are tender this way.

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