Jun 27

CSA Haul: Scapes, Strawberries + More

CSA Haul 6-23-11

As part of our family's commitment to eating more healthful and locally grown foods, we decided to purchase a share in a CSA. For the next 25 weeks, we'll be receiving weekly deliveries of various fruits and vegetables from the Wayward Seed Farm in Marysville, Ohio.

I'm excited about this for a number of reasons, especially because I'm looking forward to being jolted out of our comfort zone a little by being pushed to try new produce that I might otherwise pass up at the grocery store. Maybe I can inspire you to try some new things along the way?

As you can see, we received quite a variety of items this week, including several that we've never tried. These beauties are garlic scapes, the curling tops of garlic plants. Wayward Seed was kind enough to provide a recipe for garlic scape pesto which I'm anxious to try -- perhaps on a grilled pizza. I'm also considering grilling some of them as a side with another meal.

This leafy green is better known as sorrel. I've not been able to find many recipes using this -- most suggest using it in a soup or a sauce -- but I think I might give it a whirl in a frittata, perhaps with some of the scallions we also received. If any of you have another suggestion, I'd love to hear from you!

We received three different varieties of lettuce this week, including this unknown lettuce. Does anyone know what this is called? I still need to wash it up and take a nibble to see how I might use it in a meal.

I was ecstatic to see these gorgeous, plump, juicy peas in our spread. I really want to highlight their fresh, sweet taste, so I'm envisioning incorporating them into some kind of light pasta dish.

And finally we have these just-picked, super sweet strawberries. I'm so thankful that Wayward Seed provides such awesome customer service. They actually forgot to give these to my husband when he picked up our weekly share, so they went out of their way to deliver them to our doorstep!

They're absolutely delicious, and I've already used a whole container to make strawberry muffins. Now I just need to decide how to use the rest. We've already made strawberry jam after a trip to our local U-pick farm last week, so I'm planning to freeze some and perhaps make a little strawberry ice cream.

Do you belong to a CSA or have you considered joining one?

by Tara | 14 comments

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Melissa June 27, 2011 at 10:34 am

The unknown lettuce looks a lot like Italian or flat-leaf parsley but it’s hard to tell for sure by a photo. So jealous, looks like a gorgeous box a f+v.

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Tara @ Unsophisticook June 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm

You’re right, Melissa! My husband just read my post and confirmed that it is indeed parsley. Not sure if he actually told me that when he brought everything home or not, LOL.

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Alicia C. June 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Yer – It’s pardsley! I LOVE it! If you don’t use it all, you can either freeze it (I put the whole bunch into the freezer in a bag and chop off what I need) or you can dry it on a baking sheet in a low oven (200 or less – just a pilot light is even better!) 

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Angie June 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Yep, that’s gotta be flat leaf parsley!

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Tara @ Unsophisticook June 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I can’t believe I didn’t recognize it! It’s hard to tell in the picture, but the leaves are much bigger than what I normally pick up at the grocery store, so I guess that’s what threw me.

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Wayward Seed Farm June 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm

You’re all right–it’s parsley. More specifically, it’s Giant of Italy parsley. Beautiful pictures, Tara (I might be calling to borrow a few of those)! Glad to hear you’re enjoying the first share.

Jaime, Wayward Seed

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Tara June 30, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Thank you! Looking forward to picking up our second delivery tonight.

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daria panova June 27, 2011 at 7:41 pm

the mystery lettuce is the italian parsley (I also received it from CSA last Sat).
I would definitely recommend to try the following summer soup:
mix peas with garlic scapes (dont use to much of those, the taste is very strong), basil, parsley and white onion with salt, a glass of water and a bit of olive oil (i also added a bit of lemon juice). Great cold summer soup!
And there are plenty of recipes how to cook hot soup from the peas (with bacon/ham etc)

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Tara June 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm

This sounds delicious also! You’re right about the scapes being very strong. We made a version of pesto with them, and wow, was it ever potent — but really, really tasty.

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Sarasmum03 June 27, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I’m pretty sure picture #3 is not lettuce, I’m pretty sure it is flat leaf parsley.

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Meegan June 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Try cutting your peas in half length wise shell and all.  Stir fry in sesame oil, add soy sauce and sesame seeds.  Amazing side dish.

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Sommer@ASpicyPerspective June 29, 2011 at 8:00 am

I used scapes all last summer, but haven’t seen them at the farmers market this year…

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Emma June 30, 2011 at 12:37 pm

We have a CSA with Wayward Seed as well. I used the sorrel to make a sorrel sauce over some broiled salmon: http://www.theheartofnewengland.com/food-SalmonSorrel.html
It was very tasty and the whole dinner came together in no time!

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Tara June 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Mmm, that sounds good. Thanks for sharing the link!

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