CSA Charleston: we used it all this week!

Another delicious week with our Pinckney’s Produce CSA!

DSC05656This week our box included:

  • 2 heads lettuce
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 bunch collards
  • 5 gigantic carrots
  • 1 bag field peas
  • 2 heads broccoli
  • 5 radishes
  • 5 ears corn
  • 2 acorn squash
  • 4 bell peppers
  • 6 tomatoes
  • 1 pie pumpkin
  • 3 ears decorative corn

Click on through to see what we did with it all!

The first night we received the box, I made the pumpkin and squash into a soup to freeze following this recipe from Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchn.  The pumpkin and squash seeds were saved and toasted for snacks.  I also made and froze a batch of corn chowder using the corn.  And I went ahead and cooked the field peas, as I’ve learned to do since I left the first bag of them we received sit so long they got mildewy, with some garlic, onion, and bacon immediately, and I had a bowl of them for dinner that night, as I was home alone.

The next night we had a delicious vegetable curry made loosely following this recipe.  This used up the kale, several carrots, the bell peppers, and the tomatoes, along with some onion and potato I had on hand, and we had it over brown rice.  It was a LOT of food, and made for yummy leftovers the rest of the week, and I decided to freeze two quarts of it, just to see how it turns out.

Friday night we used the collards in the amazing Linguine with Collard Greens and Bacon again, a great accompaniment to an evening watching 30 Rock on the couch with my husband.

Saturday I was in the mood for some fall baking, as this week has been the first with a bit of a chill in the air. I had a fantasy about some sort of pumpkin bread/carrot cake hybrid. I could not find any actual recipe of this sort, so I adapted this spiced pumpkin bread recipe with a couple of shredded carrots in the mix.  It came out amazing. I’m already planning to bake more. I probably could have saved the pumpkin that came in the box and made it into puree to use in the bread recipe, but I had used it in the soup, so I made the bread with canned pumpkin. Still amazing.

Saturday night Jon served up the broccoli, sauteed, with some blackened salmon, and then we went and saw “Where the Wild Things Are.”  Both were yummy.

So that leaves the lettuce and the radishes and a carrot or two– those were eaten in a few salads which I took to work, and on a few burrito lunches for Jon. The decorative corn is in a bowl in our living room.

I think this is the first time we managed to use or preserve everything all in one week, so I’m pretty proud!

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5 thoughts on “CSA Charleston: we used it all this week!

  1. I’ve been keeping my eye on this. I need to join our community’s program next year. I snagged some swiss chard at the farmer’s market on Sunday along with a locally raised lamb shoulder roast. It’s cooling off here in Arkansas finally so I think it’s almost time to execute some recipes myself. Love the CSA posts!

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  2. Have you ever tried Zuppa Toscana with the kale? I made some over the weekend, and it was amazing. I think it’d even be good without the Italian sausage — as sort of a kale and potato soup.

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  3. One of my favorite pea dishes has you puree them with a little parm cheese, mint and garlic–I saw it on Everyday Italian ages ago and it’s one of my favorite ways to eat peas.

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