Tuesday, July 3, 2012

CSA Week #1

I'm hoping to do one of these posts each week after we get our box from the farm stand. Today Alison picked up our first CSA share from Melick's Town Farm in Oldwick NJ. They have a farm stand in Bridgewater so we are able to pick up our share each week without traveling too far which is a nice bonus feature.

Week #1 Loot

An interesting first box for me, this week we got peaches, pickling cucumbers, cucumbers, wild onions, beets, zucchini, sweet corn, plums, and lettuce. I've never really made anything with a bunch of these ingredients so I'm looking forward to experimenting this week and all summer with an abundance of fresh produce.

Tonight to celebrate the first week we had fried zucchini, corn on the cob and some grilled sirloin steak. Jackie loved the corn and the steak. I absolutely loved the first piece of zucchini that I made. I used this batter recipe modified slightly ( I used beer instead of water and added some Parmesan cheese to the mix) it was awesome... unfortunately the batches that I made were greasy, the batter fell off, overcooked, undercooked, etc. There were still some salvageable pieces but if I make them again I will use a skillet, not the deep fryer. The first batch all clumped together and it was all down hill from there.

I found a good recipe to use the beet greens and onions, and I'm probably going to make some pickled beets, dill pickles, and figure out a nice peach dessert to bring to Grandma T's Fourth of July party. We still have some zucchini left, so I'd like to try my hand at zucchini bread.

So far so good, if I actually do any of this other stuff I will post the recipes. If not, well I'll make another post next week with the contents of that box.

Stay cool everyone. 

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