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Eat Local Challenge – A new adventure in a CSA

In my challenge to eat more local this year I joined a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. I have always done my own grocery shopping and never used one of those home delivery services. So this was a treat – a bag of fresh produce ready for me to pick-up every week. The working mom angels must have heard my frequent whines to my husband.

I waited patiently (or not so much) for the first pick-up day. I pulled up to the pick-up location, chatted with Sue (the farmer – she’s great!), happily packed my green bag of goodies into car, and rushed home to find what was awaiting me. I know from my volunteer work at the local farmers market to expect a lot of greens and early harvest vegetables. So it wasn’t too big of a surprise to find salad greens, spinach, garlic scapes, radishes, and sugar snap peas. And hiding at the bottom? A bonus early cucumber.

All was good but what exactly was I going to make with this lot? First, I decided it would make sense to take the crunchy vegetables, chop them up and dress them with oil, vinegar and the garlic scapes. This salad I could store in the fridge and throw them on top of the greens for lunch all week. The next day, I picked up some hoop house tomatoes and fresh mozzarella at the farmer’s market. These both became great additions to the salad.

The best part of this process is that I never really cared for radishes and probably would not have bought them on my own. After slicing them thin and dressing them with the right amount of white balsamic they added a nice crunch and were pretty tasty. Below is a photo of the first of what I expect will be many CSA Salads this season.

~Cooking Mom

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