growing home csa week 1

CSA Week 1

This summer I joined a CSA (community supported agriculture) through Growing Home. My best friend Betsy recommended their CSA not just for their delicious organic produce all summer long but also for their social mission of providing job training to those who might have difficulty finding traditional employment. I thought it would be fun to try to let you see what I get every week and one dish I created from the produce box. Dave and I are splitting our box with Betsy This week we got asparagus, kale, green garlic, lettuce, bok choy, japanese turnip, radish, spinach, mustard greens, dill and oregano. I decided to cook up the kale and bokchoy with the green garlic and eat it over rice with a fried egg on top. It was a good decision. I’ve also enjoyed a few salads with the lettuce and spinach with sliced radishes and the japanese turnip (mildest and sweetest of turnips, best eaten raw) and some carrots I picked up from another vendor at the market. Looking forward to the summer season of produce and experimenting in my kitchen!

CSA Week 1

CSA Greens & Garlic over Rice with Egg

3 stalks of green garlic; sliced then roughly minced
1-2 heads of garlic, diced
1/2 head of bokchoy stalks sliced into 1/2 inch pieces, greens roughly chopped
1/2 bunch of kale, stems removed*, roughly chopped
olive oil
soy sauce, I used low-sodium
kosher salt
fresh cracked pepper
cooked white or brown rice
1 egg, preferably also from the market or at least an organic, cage-free source
Sriracha, or your favorite hot sauce

Saute the green garlic in a good glug of olive oil for a few minutes until fragrant. Add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes, just don’t burn it. Add the bokchoy and kale with a splash of water. Cover and allow to cook down, approx 5 minutes. Once the greens feel tender, throw on a good glug of soy sauce and season with salt and pepper.

Heat a separate pan with cooking spray and fry an egg sunny-side up.

Put rice in a bowl and top with the greens, then slide on the fried egg. Squirt on some srircha for good measure.

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3 responses to “growing home csa week 1

  1. When I lived in Chicago, I had a CSA through Cedar Valley farms. We took in a meat subscription from their farm – it was absolutely fabulous. We would we pick it up at a local wine store in Logan Square from the farmers who would talk about the animals that were responsible for the meat we were having. It was nice to hear people talk about the food like they cared. And let me tell you, not only was the meat delicious, but we got so much that we couldn’t possibly eat it all in one month. We had meat in our freezer for a full year! Best economic food decision ever (and resulting roast chicken). I just found out about a start-up CSA here and am going to take a subscription when they start in the fall. I’m excited to see what a Belgian take is on the concept. Great choice on joining and Happy CSA-ing!

  2. I just joined a CSA local to my neighborhood, too, so I love this! I also did so in part to experiment with things I might not normally buy. I actually blogged about it, too :-) http://elginista.com/2011/06/15/greens-greens-greens-my-first-csa-produce/

  3. This sounds so good! I used to be part of a CSA, but not for a few years. I don’t do well with the prescribed offerings, but i do love the idea of it and the way it makes you stretch your culinary muscle.

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