Monday, September 13, 2010

CSA Update

I have lost track of what week of the CSA we are in, must be more than 1/2 way through the 20 weeks.  I have loved being in the CSA!  It is like Christmas every Tuesday afternoon. Each week we get to experience which foods are in the prime of their harvest and then watch them go out of season based on the abundance in the weekly box.  I have learned about new vegetables I would never buy or even find at my local grocery store.  My husband has enjoyed the CSA as well, but is getting a bit tired of the camera being filled with pictures of vegetables.  They are just so beautiful I can't help but take pictures!  Here is a bit a pictorial summary of the past few CSA weeks.  

Tomato madness!!  We were over run for a few weeks with our own plants, the neighbor's gifts and the CSA box.  I froze a bunch for winter stews, chili and pasta sauce.

A gift from Tony, my Italian neighbor.  Lots of Roma and cherry tomatoes.  It is amazing the harvest this man can reap from the tiny little yard he has.

Another beautiful box of freshness!

White radish.  Who knew!?!  Sort of like a mix between a radish and a turnip.  We used them in the first crock pot stew of the Fall season.  I still have a few.  Not sure what else to do.  When I googled it I got a lot of Chinese recipes.

Sooooo many peppers in the past few weeks.  Had stuffed peppers for a dinner party when the Canadians were visiting then I just chopped and froze a dozen.  I chopped them into strips and put them in freezer bags, figure I can grab and go with them all winter.

A bunch of big tomatoes.

We got a few cantaloupe this summer.  A fun treat!

Isn't that just pretty!?!

I know I really got carried away with the pictures.  They kind of all look the same, but the colors and freshness is just amazing each week.

Jumbo beets.  Had to place an apple for comparison.

See the crazy Kohlrabbi?  Green and purple this week.

I grow lots of herbs in the summer, but I just loved getting big bunches every week.  You can never have enough basil in your life.


  1. I love the pictures of it all! I think it's beautiful too. What do you do to prep the tomatoes for freezing? I want to do it!

  2. To freeze tomatoes, you just blanch them first. Drop them in a pot of boiling water for about 2 minutes. Remove from the boiling water and put them in an ice bath (bowl of ice water). When they cool, peel them and quarter them. I took the seeds and pulp out so they are just the tomato meat. Slip them in freezer backs and they are good to go for your next stew or sauce!