CSA box #3

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Box #3 from the Be Wise Ranch CSA has arrived.  Does it look like $26 worth of produce?  It certainly was heavy enough when I hoisted the bag into the house.  Here’s what I got:

  • 2 heads of lettuce
  • a bag of radishes
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 bunch greed chard (last time it was rainbow!)
  • 1 bunch mizuna 
  • 10-12 oranges (I didn’t really count)
  • 6-8 “slicing” tomatoes
  • 7 small heirloom tomatoes
  • 4 zucchini
  • 3 lemons
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 avocado
  • and a partridge in a pear tree!

Oh, wait.  No partridge.  Also, no dandelion greens.  I wonder if they ran out or if my box was missing them?  I’m not that bummed; now I don’t have to figure out how to eat them.  I can just not think about it at all.  I like kale and chard, so I won’t have a problem going through that.  No carrots this time, either, but I still have a bunch from the last box so it’s probably for the best.  I was really looking forward to the radishes and I ate 3 of them with butter and sea salt as I unpacked the other veggies.  I wish we had gotten 2 avocados instead of just 1; they have been so buttery and good that I could gobble them up in a heartbeat.  I also kind of miss the bok choy.  That was good.

I haven’t investigated to see if the oranges are peel-and-eat or better for juicing.  The heirloom tomatoes are also pretty small.  I’m guessing the nice big ones went to Whole Foods and Jimbo’s, ha ha!  What I was disappointed in was the fact that they aren’t as sweet as the tomatoes off my plant.  I mean, they’re good, but they’re not better than mine, which is what I was hoping for. 

Oh, last weekend I pulled 3 zucchini plants out of the garden, still leaving 2.  Next year, I’ll plant more tomatoes and try some eggplant.  We’ll probably keep doing the CSA through the winter, but I’m thinking I might take a break next summer.  Summer months seem to be tomatoes and zucchini and now that I know my tomatoes are good and I never have a problem with not enough zucchini, I’d rather plant those and not double up with the CSA.

Now, what to do with these oranges?

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2 responses to “CSA box #3

  1. Aww, I miss getting veggies from Be Wise. We had to cancel or membership recently to save money. At least my garden is helping me miss fresh veggies…

    Don’t ya love tomatoes from the garden! This was my first year growing them and I love how tasty they are! I finally ripped my second zucchini plant from the garden (realizing that I just didn’t like zucchini enough to have a big plant) and it’s roots looked a little funky 😦 I’m going to replace it with another “Diamond” eggplant which produces long thin eggplants. Yum!

    I’ve always liked adding oranges to fresh salsa and to salads(especially if you make an orange honey mustard vinaigrette) and add candied walnuts to the salad…

    What have to done with the mizuna? I’ve nver been able to develop a taste for it…

  2. I tried growing eggplant this year and I think my zucchini plant smothered it. I’m also pretty sure I’ve lost at least 3 tomatoes to a dog, as they’re not on the plant but half eaten in the yard.

    I’ve been sauteeing the mizuna with bacon and onions in olive oil until soft, but I’m still not a big fan. I’m going to have to find another way to cook the greens. Or just eat them in a mixed salad, I guess.

    The oranges got juiced and also put into a creamsicle-like ice cream. Yum!

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