CSA Box

My first Echo Valley Farm CSA box

(clockwise from left) Beets, kale, chard, bag of baby greens, garlic scapes, bag of arugula, bunch of cilantro, rhubarb, green onions, radishes, strawberries.

A quick post to share my excitement over the first CSA box of the season. This year I’m signed up for a weekly box from Echo Valley Farm, and here’s what was in it:

What’s not shown in the picture is the lovely little tub of freshly made arugula pesto, which I immediately stuck in the fridge next to my latest jar of Genius Soup. Nothing perks up a bowl of soup like a dollop of pesto, and I can’t wait to try Chef Amy’s.

I love looking at all the colorful greens, and getting inspired to cook something. The curly garlic scapes in the center smell so good! Since I tried cooking them after a recent Farmer’s Market, I have now eaten every last one in my garden. Erp. Can’t wait for more! It is a lot like the first, thin asparagus of the season, but with a twist.

Giant salad of fresh greens and strawberries with homemade balsamic vinaigrette. And a few tater tots. Don’t judge me. 🙂
I’m not sure what I’ll do with the rest of it yet, but last night after the box came I just threw together a quick salad of the mixed baby greens and arugula with the sliced strawberries in a balsamic vinaigrette. Good olive oil, good balsamic, a little forkful of good mustard, with coarse ground salt and pepper. Delish!

I love a good plateful of salad, but it doesn’t quite cut it for Miss Thing. So in the spirit of full disclosure, I’ll admit that we are a tater-tot loving household, along with the occasional organic, college-educated chicken patty. Here’s how I like to serve them:

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