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What’s in the Box? #74

What's in the Box?

 

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…

 

CSA Farm

Rows and rows of luscious fresh greens, just waiting to be picked and devoured.  

 

CSA Farming

 

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.   

CSA

 

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…

What's in the Box? #74- In Her Chucks

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 :)

Linking up for the first time?  Click here for more info…and Welcome!

PS:  Don’t forget to tell your readers about the party by linking back to this post and grabbing the official “What’s in the Box?” button at the bottom of my blog.  Thanks!


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How is My Garden Growing…Now?

We are having such a wonderful time tending to our garden. This journey has been a great learning experience for us and has taught us to further appreciate the food that ends up on our table. It is amazing to watch tiny seeds evolve into edible plants with sunlight, water and a little TLC. Nature continues to boggle my mind.

It is hard to believe how far we have come since my first post

Things has been going quite well. We have successfully harvested lettuce, celery and most recently, carrots. They came up in some pretty interesting shapes…but still tasted great!

The rest of our original crops are still going strong. The Brussels are finally getting little sprouts! I am counting down the days until I can throw them into the oven and give them a good roast :) Practicing my patience on this one.

It’s definitely strawberry season. Juicy red fruit is popping up all over the place. And we aren’t the only ones who are excited about it. The birds have been attempting to raid our stash. So Freddie built a cage over our goods to protect them from unwanted visitors. Now our lovely luscious gems are safe and sound…at least until they hit our tummies!

I am most impressed by the corn. It sprouted so quickly! At this rate we will be enjoying sweet summer corn in no time…yum :)

The sugar snap peas are flourishing as well. Almost time to recreate this dish

And just when you thought we had enough stuff growing…Freddie surprised me by planting more! A few weeks ago, Harper and Freddie disappeared for a few hours to do some undercover planting. On my most recent visit to the garden I noticed that my two gardening fairies had planted some of my favorite fruits and veggies…watermelon, cantaloupe, zucchini, yellow squash and bell peppers. And so far, everything is looking fabulous!

So, as you can tell, our garden is growing pretty well! I am so grateful to my wonderful husband for supporting me in this venture. To be honest, he has done most of the work…with some help from Harper of course! She is turning out to be quite the little gardener. I continue to help out here and there but Freddie is the ultimate garden master. So, thanks babe! Couldn’t do it without you :)

Your turn: Have you ever started a garden? What were some of your most successful crops? Any secret tips you care to share? Looking forward to hearing your responses :)

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What’s in the Box? #16

It’s the first Wednesday in March and for some reason I feel like singing…”If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands *clap, clap*.  If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands *clap, clap*.  If you’re happy and you know it then your face will surely show it. If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands *clap, clap*”!.

Ok, don’t know where that came from, but obviously I am happy :)  And I am sure my box has something to do with it…

So many beautiful fruits and vegetables, it’s hard to know where to begin.  But I guess I will start with the beets.  Holy moly the beets! Is that not the biggest beet you have ever seen in your life!  And it is pink.  Not red like your average beet but hot freaking pink!  This moment calls for more than just your normal beet fritter.  I feel like these beets need something a little more special.  I just don’t know what yet.  I am still in awe of the size of that thing!

Boy do I love spinach.  So delicate, so sweet.  I normally enjoy sautéing it with some shallots or onions, but I think I am going to try something new this time.  Since I seem to be on a soup kick lately, I think I am going to give this recipe a try.  Plus it calls for leeks and garlic, so it is a perfect recipe for this weeks box.  As always, I like to serve my soup with a side salad.  And this romaine lettuce is large and in charge!  I might get a few sittings out of it.  And because I love to have a little color in my salads, I will be adding some shredded carrots and possibly some avocados.  Yum!

I am loving these plump, delicious strawberries.  Harper and I have been enjoying them for breakfast.  And you know what else Harper is also into now?  Citrus.  I have always offered her some of mine, but she was never interested until recently.  And these mandarins are perfect because they are just her size.  They are a great snack on the go.  Just toss a few on your purse and you are all set!

And then there are some Brussels sprouts.  Or should I say, were.  They were the first to go.  I roasted those babies up so quick they didn’t know what hit them.  I could have eaten just those for dinner.  I only went back for seconds, thirds and possibly fourths.  Love those things!

After all that, guess who’s still singing…me :)  Wanna join me?  If you’re happy and you know it…your turn!

PS:  My apologies in advance for having that song stuck in your head for the rest of the day…but hey…I bet it put a smile on your face :D

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How is My Garden Growing?: The Next Chapter

The weather on Sunday was warm and sunny.  It was a perfect day to play in the garden.

Even the critters were getting into the action.

But there was a lot of work to be done.  It is time to plant a new batch of crops.  We were excited to harvest some of our winter crops and make room for the vegetables of spring and summer.

We started by digging up our lettuce so we could share them with our friends and neighbors.  We decided to plant rows of corn in it’s place.  We also added a few asparagus plants in the same section as well.  Two of our favorite vegetables!

In the back of our plot we planted a few potatoes, green beans, sweet peas and cucumbers.

We still haven’t seen a huge harvest from our initial strawberry planting, so we decided to add a few more plants to see if it would spark some action.

Finally, we added some shallots and chives to the mix as well.  We are still tending to our carrots, celery, onions, Brussels, and parsley which are all thriving.  We had to say goodbye to our broccoli plant as the weather has been a little too warm and as a result it decided to bloom flowers instead of a head.  Oh well, 8 out of 9 ain’t bad :).

We introduced some worms to our compost bin and are looking forward to the benefits of their hard work.

This experience continues to be enjoyable.  A LOT of hard work, but very fun.  Harper is having a blast too.  Her favorite part is hanging out in the wheel barrel.  She also digs a mean hole with that orange shovel.  Don’t let those little hands fool you.  She takes her job very seriously :)

And even after all of that, we are still not done.  Stay tuned for the next installment.  I see some more delicious veggies in our future :)

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What’s in the Box? #15

Happy Leap Day everyone!  Gotta love the fact that today is so special that it only comes around every four years.  So I hope you all made it count :)  I know I did.  And this box was just the icing on the cake!

Pretty much dinner in a box if you ask me.  You got your garlic, carrots and cabbage, three ingredients of my new favorite soup recipe right there!  And then of course you have the mixed greens for a delicious fresh salad on the side.  I would have to throw in some celery slices for crunch, and enjoy the rest slathered in peanut butter.  Ants on a log anyone?  Whip up a loaf of Lemon Yogurt Blueberry Cake for dessert and you are set!

Did I just hypothetically eat most of my box in one day?  Guess I’m a bit over excited…

But there is still some rosemary left, which will end up in the Roasted Chicken with Balsamic Bell Peppers (in addition to other dishes I’m sure).  Then the Brussels sprouts, which may never make it to my plate after I roast them (they are THAT good…).  And finally the mandarins, which I have been eating by the handful to stay healthy (plus they tend to satisfy my sweet tooth after dinner).

And because, sharing is caring…and I love my husband SO much, I will be preparing his favorite eggs this week with ALL of those green onions (the man likes them SPICY!).  Which reminds me…I forgot to pick up a carton today.  Writing that on my list as we speak…

Enjoy the last few hours of this wonderful bonus day!  And for those of you who will be reading this in the morning…Happy March!

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