second quarter vegetables

by Stacy

Despite his good sportsmanship in trying new vegetables (or trying disliked vegetables new ways), I was nervous when I mentioned to the Veggie Hating Husband that we had received our last share of CSA vegetables at the beginning of this month. I was nervous that he would say it was too many vegetables for us, for him, and too expensive.

While I love the CSA concept, it is a lot of vegetables for just the two of us, some of which aren’t our favorites. But I wanted to continue. And he agreed.

So on Tuesday, I picked up the first box of our second quarter of produce. They always include a list of items, the first box of the month has a newsletter, and sometimes we get a note, too. This week’s note:

Dear Shareholders,
There are a lot of greens in your box this week. Don’t be a hater! They are so delicious! Besides, it’s February and that’s kind of what grows in February. But you can dream — as we do — of 5000 tomato plugs Ellie is prepping for summertime. Think about the peppers and eggplant and okra and cucumbers. Remember this moment when you are overwhelmed with zucchini.

It made me laugh. It also included a recipe for braised greens. So what did we get?

collar greens blue scotch kale

Huge sacks of both collard greens (left) and blue scotch kale (right)

mustard greens rainbow chard

One bunch each mustard greens and rainbow chard

bok choy

How cute are these little heads of bok choy?

giant fennel bulbs golden and red beets

These fennel bulbs are huge. The red and gold beets are thankfully smaller.

tomatoes and squash sprouted pumpkin seeds

There were 3 tomatoes, but one went in a salad before dinner. Two are pictured here with a buttercup squash. The seeds are sprouted pumpkin seeds, some of which went in the same salad.

white icicle radishes braising mix

White icicle radishes, and a medium bag of braising mix greens.

wild nettles

We also got a whole pile of wild nettles. They grow as weeds on the farm (we saw plenty on Saturday), but they are edible and make a nice tea, they say. I’ll give them a shot!

NOT PICTURED: a head of Romaine lettuce, dill, and cilantro.

For lunch I sauteed a huge heap of chopped greens with some fennel and garlic and ate a mountain of that on a bowl of rice. Mmm, nutrients.

The note is true, though, and I am daydreaming about eggplant…
Now who wants to come over for dinner?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Evie February 17, 2010 at 10:07 pm

baby bok choy is delicious. I wish I can find fennel right now, its super good with salmon.


stacy February 17, 2010 at 10:12 pm

You can totally find fennel right now, it’s in my fridge. Oh, and I have some growing on my balcony.

If I keep getting more, I will bring you some in March.


Kimberly February 18, 2010 at 5:02 am

That is A LOT of greens. Just saying :)


stacy February 18, 2010 at 1:51 pm

It really is.


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