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Oh hi. I’ve been busy. :)

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I can’t remember what I’ve made with this. Lots of things. The kale is often used in Dal. The corn is often cooked in the oven along with some small potatoes and chicken sausage. Everything else is pretty varied.

Our garden is giving us entirely too many zucchini and cucumbers. Both of which you see we aslo get from our CSA share. The zucchini is used in place of pasta for simple dishes and lasagna, as well as in fajitas and for brownies. Lately I’ve been juicing cucumbers and drinking the juice as well as making popsicles with it. But the popsicles are tiny. I need more molds to keep up! Our garden has recently started giving us ripe tomatoes. A million, to be exact. I’m borrowing a dehydrator and hoping to do something useful with some tomatoes and zucchini.

Our jungle of a garden:

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A giant zucchini:

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Olive, quite seriously, enjoying her first corn on the cob:

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This week’s share includes carrots, onions, beets, basil, green peppers, sweet corn, eggplant, and cabbage.  I was lucky enough to get more carrots and eggplant, as well as okra, kale, and a bouquet of flowers as extras!

In other vegetable news I finally figured out what the mystery squash growing in our garden is.

Drum roll…..

Peter Pan Pattypan!

And guess what?  It’s one of many mystery vegetables growing in our garden from last year’s compost.  Including tomatoes, potatoes, onions, and this squash!

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Also I have to apologize for falling through in the what did I make with last week’s share portion of my CSA post.  I was thrown off one week when we had family in town and am now occasionally left with produce from the previous week’s share when I write the new post so it just seemed too difficult to continue.

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This week’s share from McKinley CSA in north Minneapolis, Minnesota includes green beans, zucchini and summer squash, cucumbers, broccoli, swiss chard, carrots, and onions.

Last Saturday I took photos at the Cityview site and created a detailed smart spreadsheet to keep track of the produce being put into each type of share box on the various pick up dates as well as their weights.

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This week’s share from McKinley CSA in north Minneapolis, Minnesota includes Mokum carrots, cucumbers, Swiss chard, peapods, French fingerling potatoes, and my choice of two herbs: mint & rosemary.

Last Saturday I took photos at a few of the sites and then did a lot of much needed weeding at the Cityview site.

How did I use last week’s share?
Red potatoes joined some farmer’s market red potatoes to make a huge batch of baked lemony potatoes.
Beans joined two meals but were cooked the same.. Pretty simply cooked for just a few minutes in a pan with coconut oil and a little pepper and sea salt on top.
Most of the raspberries were eaten by Olive. I bought more at the farmer’s market to include in some quinoa muffins.
We enjoyed some lettuce mix today in a quick salad.
I made beet and carrot soup again.
We ate the beet greens this morning for breakfast – I sautéed them in bacon fat after cooking bacon and added some maple syrup, pepper, and sea salt midway through.
The broccoli is still waiting to be used.

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This week’s share from McKinley CSA in north Minneapolis, Minnesota includes broccoli, beans, red potatoes, spring onions, raspberries, basil, lettuce mix, and beets.

How did I use last week’s share?

Tonight I made soup with the napa cabbage – it included red potatoes (farmer’s market), onion, and garlic (back yard).
I made amazing rhubarb crisp.
I made the same bok choy skillet thing that I made last week but I used a different kind of quinoa this time.
I sautéed the mustard greens with garlic and onions as a side last night.
The snow peas were part of a stir fry.
More napa cabbage found it’s way into vegetarian fajitas that were full of all kinds of things like red and green peppers, onions, zucchini, and more!

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This week’s share from McKinley CSA in north Minneapolis, Minnesota includes napa cabbage, mustard greens, rhubarb, snow peas, spring onions, as well as more bok choy and salad turnips. Mint was a part of this week’s large share but it wasn’t in my box – oops!

Also pictured is a bag of very small lettuce mix – I thinned this while working today and was happy to take it home! I really don’t like thinning things… it makes me feel… mean. So this way I’ll put it to use. :)

Here are photos of the front and back of the t-shirt that I mentioned last week:

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Today I worked. I began the day by waking up at 7:30 when Olive woke up. I went into her room to nurse her but I was still really tired. She has a floor bed so I was laying there while she was playing, then coming back to nurse, then playing, etc. I kept almost falling asleep and she could tell – she would come over and lay with me every so often. Eventually we did fall asleep. And I had a dream that I was late to my CSA shift. And then I woke up exactly when I was planning to leave the house. So I quietly left Olive’s room, made breakfast, grabbed a few things, and headed out the door and arrived late to my CSA shift. ha.

I started by photographing some volunteers and staff working in a plot down the street from the CSA headquarters. It turns out one of the million houses we looked at before buying this one is directly between that plot and the new CSA building. Also just a few blocks away from two of the main CSA staff. I feel kind of bummed now… that would have been a neat place to live! It was nice to see the house again – I forgot how similar it is to our current house! It sounds like a couple in their mid to late 20s moved in. I saw a couple of cats resting the windows. The paint is peeling.. just like our house. And the new residents planted some flowers.

After photographing for a bit I worked with Jud to clean up some dirt from the sidewalks around the plot and we began transplanting teeny tiny baby lettuce while talking about basically every topic under the sun, including our lovely little daughters.

I’m really happy to have a phone with a camera now so I can more easily share a photo of our produce with you. Last year I attempted to photograph our CSA box each week but with the lens I had on my big camera and having to upload, edit, whatever it… I kind of dropped the ball. My phone makes it SO much easier. :)

How did I use last week’s share?

I sautéed the turnips and their greens and ate as a side with baked tilapia.
I made a skillet dinner with the bok choy and mushrooms.
I made stir fry with the pea shoots and more bok choy. I also added sugar snap peas from the farmer’s market.
I bought spinach at the farmer’s marker and used a lot of the green garlic and garlic scapes to make spinach and garlic soup.
I sautéed the swiss chard and some onions and scrambled some local eggs to pile on top for a nice breakfast yesterday.
We munched on the radishes.
Last night I made a big salad with the lettuce mix for a solo dinner. I topped it with apple, mango, and avocado.
The onions and garlic made it into nearly every meal.

We still have a little lettuce mix and a few mushrooms that I’m using tomorrow night.

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