Our CSA pick-ups began last week. I love it so far! Last week’s box was filled with various lettuces and greens, including tat soi, mustard greens, and several others. We also had a nice bunch of green onions.
Salads featured heavily on our menu last week! We’ve found that chopping all of the greens into small pieces makes for a wonderful salad with great flavor and texture. I love adding the mustard greens to salad for a peppery flavor. I also sautéed some of the greens in olive oil for a delicious side dish. I didn’t measure anything, but here’s the basic recipe:
About five or six cups of washed, shredded greens (mustard, Swiss chard, tat soi, etc)
Olive Oil (enough to barely cover the bottom of the pan)
2 – 3 chopped green onions
Fresh garlic, pressed or chopped (3 – 6 cloves; I used 6 because we love garlic)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add garlic, stir for about a minute, then add everything else and sauté for about 10 minutes.
The half share seems very generous so far. It’s advertised as being enough for two to three people per week, but seems to be a little more than that. We ate a lot of salad, had the greens, and gave some away to my parents (they had enough for my mom to give one of her co-workers a salad) and Nick’s grandparents. Nick took the last of it to work last night to share with his co-workers.
I’m hoping it will last, but we noticed that we ate a lot more vegetables last week. There’s just something about having a whole box of organic vegetables that is making us very conscientious of using them up. We planned meals around vegetables, which is a somewhat new experience for us. We were also mindful of giving away what we couldn’t use, so as not to waste anything. That was one of our concerns when we signed up for the CSA, but I’m happy to say that everything from our first box was consumed and enjoyed.