One of the things I loved most about gardening, was that seeing all the time and effort that went into planting, watering and growing my own food, helped me to appreciate my harvest so much more. It’s no secret that I have a deep affection for my CSA box, but after last week’s visit to my CSA farm, I appreciate it so much more!
For one, the property was just breathtaking…
Rows and rows of luscious fresh greens, just waiting to be picked and devoured.
I was so grateful to be given a personal tour by the director of the CSA program. We walked through the entire journey of the veggies from the ground, to the cooler, to the delivery truck.
And it all happens in one day. Now that’s fresh!
Harper and I had such a blast on our tour. Looking forward to heading out for another visit soon :)
Now let’s take a look at what type of freshness the party goers have been whipping up. Last week there were 8 link ups. And my oh my are there some yummy dishes to brag about. As much as I love my produce, I also love me some bacon. Thanks to Jess from Hesitantly Healthy, I can enjoy some Easy Baked Brussels Sprouts, Red Potato and Bacon from the comfort of my computer screen…drool! And Tammy from Agrigirl shared a beautiful and colorful Yellow Squash Gazpacho. Finally, I am loving the simple and clean flavors of Brian’s Avocado Toast from Lettuce Never Squash our Love. Thanks to everyone for linking up and sharing their delicious goodies. You continue to spoil me :)
You know who else keeps spoiling me? My freakin awesome CSA! Check out this week’s haul…
Raspberries AND blackberries…SCORE! And let me tell you…they are perfectly juicy and sweet. Simply irresistible. But I am working my self-control like never before because I have some delicious savory dishes planned for these little gems. Hoping to get the chance to share them with you :)
Next up are the zucchini. A HUGE favorite of mine. Mostly because I can’t get enough of these Turkey Burgers with Homemade Zucchini Fries. And getting another bunch of crunchy carrots worked out well too, since the burgers aren’t complete without them. I topped the patties with white cheddar cheese and half of an avocado. Oh, and some of that crispy green lettuce. Dinner tonight was heaven.
There is no produce more beautiful to me than golden beets. They are vibrant, bright and when the dirt and residue are washed away, they almost resemble a glistening gem. My recipe of choice for golden beets is my Roasted Beets with Walnuts and Gorgonzola because they make the dish sparkle, but this week, my husband has requested beet fritters. So fritters it is. And with the fritters I will be serving a perfectly grilled rib eye steak and some of those enormous artichokes, which will also be grilled.
And finally, the leeks. I am torn with the leeks because I have so many delicious recipes to choose from. So I guess we will have to see where my taste buds take me this week.
Your turn: What are some of your favorite ways to use the fruits and veggies shown? Any special recipe, tips or tricks you’d like to share? Looking forward to reading your responses :)
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