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Week 1 - CSA

Posted 6/17/2014 11:50am by The Bird Family.

Time for my journey! 

I am going to be documenting how my (Bryn) family will utilize all that comes in the weekly CSA box. I have decided if you all can do it… then so can I?

First, let me introduce our family. Right now it is just my husband, Brian and our daughter Emlyn. Emlyn is 6 months old and just starting to eat solids. Some days she does - some days we forget!  We both work full-time and Emlyn is in a nanny-share during the day. We also help with the farm and try to stay active in our community volunteering. So… we are BUSY people. But cooking real good, real local food… doesn't have to take a lot of time or planning.  This is my way of demonstrating that and hopefully get your wheels turning too! So we are perfect for a "Just Right" CSA box. 

This week's haul… instead of bok choy we had 3 heads of lettuce! YUMMY!



I was most concerned about the beets and beet greens and yet they were the first to go. We were able to roast the beets at 375 for 35 minutes and then I put them in a blender until smooth enough for baby and it made 4 meals for her! However, beets STAIN I found out and so she now eats her beets naked on the porch. 

Then the beet greens were half chopped up to include in tasty salads and the other handful I put in our morning green smoothies! Brian commutes 45 minutes each way to his job on Broad St. in Columbus. A green smoothie is quick and easy way to be sure he is getting some good nutrition in. At first even I was skeptical but you cannot taste the beet greens and you know you are getting a TON of nutrition in one yummy sweet drink. 

Green Smoothie

1 Bunch Beet Greens

1 Cup Orange Juice

1 Banana

1 Cup Frozen Strawberries from last season

Directions: BLEND and ENJOY!


Basil - Garlic Scapes - Eggs

This was totally just made up at 9PM after I didn't have time to think about dinner and the baby went to bed extra late. I found one pound of ground pork from our partner  Oink, Moo, Cluck Farms!  I sautéed the garlic scales and basil in some oil. Then added the meat until browned and added 4 eggs! It was super easy and enough for breakfast the next morning for the both of us too! I added fresh salsa. Brian said he would have loved an avocado on top too!! 


Lettuce, Garlic Scapes, Cilantro, Micro Greens and Honey!

Well, I cannot find a picture and I must rush out to the Licking Memorial Hospital Pick-up! But we made the BEST steak salad! We topped our lettuce with garlic scales, cilantro, micro greens and made a quick homemade salad dressing! This was enough for four salads

Salad Dressing

1/2 cup Olive Oil

2.5 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar

1.5 Tablespoons Honey

1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard


So…. what did you do with your food this week?