Community Supported Agriculture

My first CSA basket. I can’t express how excited I am.   Look at all the wonderful fresh produce from Eatwell Farm.  A large bunch of chard, grapes, 4 plums, 3 nectarines, a boquet of geraniums, chives, 3 yams, a small pumpkin, and tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes.  All locally grown and all organic!  Oh, and did I mention it is relatively inexpensive? The produce isn’t completely blemish free, but I’d rather eat something that is so yummy it was munched on by an insect than a perfect tomatoes that is smothered in synthetic pesticides.

As I mentioned in my Impossible Acres post, I try to support local farmers and be socially responsible by eating in season food.  And I like the challenge.  What better way to test my cooking skills than receiving a mystery box weekly and being forced to plan delicious meals around it?

Tonight’s dinner featured the chard and tomatoes.  Pasta with greens chicken sausage, with a side of bruscetta.

It isn’t much to look at but it was amazing!

Too many wheat-based products, but I have to spoil myself sometimes.

Chard pasta

1 onion, 2 cloves garlic, 4 cups chopped chard, 3 sausages, pasta (i used udon), white sauce, crushed red pepper, salt, pepper, thyme, olive oil.

-Prepare pasta

-Chop chard, onions, and sausage
-Saute onion in 2 tbps olive oil until tender
-Add sausage and saute until sausage almost cooked
-Add garlic and cook another 1 min
-Add chard and saute until cooked

-Combine pasta, white sauce, chard mix, and seasoning

Stay tuned for my plans with pumpkin.  It is too hot (85F) for soup.  I’m thinking muffins, cookies, or cake…


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I'm a graduate student trying to stay happy and busy and pursue the things I love.
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