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My first farmshare box!

I’ve been researching CSAs for a while (Community Supported Agriculture)  but I never committed to one in PIttsburgh. I think they’re such a great concept, and I love the idea of having fresh, delicious produce every week.  One of the consistent complaints I came across was that people would get boxes full of items they had no idea how to cook, but to me that sounds like a challenge rather than a problem.  I love to learn about food and try new recipes, and alien vegetables would be the perfect opportunity to do just that.

There were a bunch of cons, though.  The dropoff locations weren’t convenient, and most of all, I’m only one person and most boxes are meant to feed a whole family.  Since moving to Houston, however, I have found a few farms that offer a partial share box for less money each week. It seems like a more reasonable amount of produce, and there are really convenient pickup locations right near my house.   After researching a few different choices, I settled on the partial share from Wood Duck Farm.  The nice thing about their system is that, if they have shares left, you can buy partway through the season for the remainder of the weeks.  Which means that I was able to buy two weeks of the summer season, and I can try it out before making the commitment (and investment) of the full 12 weeks of the fall growing season.

I picked up my first box tonight, and this is what was in it:

two bell peppers, pickling cukes, two zucchini, an eggplant, an acorn squash, a handful of jalapenos, cherry tomatoes, salad greens, some sort of sprout, and a whole mess o’beans.

I’m not kidding when I tell you I could have eaten the whole bag of tomatoes standing in my kitchen.  They’re so good!!  Everything is something I’ve used before, except for the beans.  I tried to do a little detective work to figure out what they are, but can’t find anything online that matches.

The beans out of their shell

The closest thing I could find were Borlotti, or Cranberry beans, but these look different than those on the inside.

Let me know if you know what those beans are.  I’m pretty excited to have all these great veggies, now I just have to figure out what to do with them.  🙂

On a sort of unrelated, but still vegetable-filled note, here’s what I made for dinner tonight:  Pan Roasted Chicken and Veggies.  I followed this recipe, but I was a little bit more liberal with the seasonings.  Also, I threw in a bell pepper just because.

Potatoes, Onion, Garlic, and Green Pepper all drizzled with olive oil and lots of S&P

After about 25 minutes, I threw in the chicken. This is about 15 minutes later, after the chicken is done.

After I let the spinach “wilt”. . . I may have gotten distracted and let it go for a little bit too long. Oops!

The final product. It was really yummy (and quite healthy, all things considered).

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Posted by on August 15, 2012 in Cooking

 

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