A couple of weeks ago, I told you all about the CSA we joined this year. It is our first time participating in Community Supported Agriculture and we just love it!
Every week’s pick up is sort of like Christmas. You don’t know what you’re going to get. There is a level of anticipation because you know you’ll love it either way. It’s so exciting. Yes, I am still talking about vegetables…
We’ve picked up carrots from the farm a few times. It is so adorable how they come with their green tops still attached much like in Bugs Bunny but nothing like in the grocery store.
I like carrots but I needed a new, fresh idea. I didn’t want to just steam them again. I racked my brain for something different. We love sweet potato fries so why not try carrot fries?
So we did! I’ve found that just about any root vegetable is tasty sliced up and roasted in the oven producing healthy “fries”. We did this with kohlrabi earlier in the growing season and loved it too.
To prep the carrots, you need to clean and lightly peel them. Then slice them into 2-3 inch sections.
Brush on some olive oil, salt & a dash of cumin.
Pre-heat your oven at 425 degrees. Then bake the carrots for about 25 minutes.
That’s it! We drizzled ours with a little bit of raw honey. They were delicious and got rave reviews from my food connoisseur husband.
This summer we joined a CSA for the first time. All I can say is, why didn’t we do this sooner?
We love everything about the experience! We’ve been introduced to so many new varieties of vegetables which is right in line with our new healthy diet.
Raise your hand if you know what kohlrabi is. Two months ago, I had never heard of it and I went to an agricultural college in the area! Now it is one of our new favorite vegetables. Unfortunately, they’re pretty much done for the season but that’s ok because we’ve moved onto tasty summer squashes.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. In the spring, we paid a membership fee to Pennypack Farm and as a result we pick up 6 shares of locally grown produce & herbs weekly during the summer harvest season. It has quickly become my favorite day of the week!
The shares offered weekly change as the growing season changes. It’s like Pandora’s box of produce. Being part of a CSA also challenges us in the kitchen because you have to work each week’s offerings to create delicious meals. My latest concoction was beet stuffed peppers with a dollop of local honey. Delish!
This week we got to pick our own string beans which we took right home and had for dinner. It doesn’t get any fresher than that!
We go very few places without Wilson. So its awesome that dogs are allowed on the farm too!
As a bonus we get to harvest flowers from the cutting garden.
Summertime and the livin’ is easy….
If you have the opportunity to join a CSA next year, I highly recommend it. It will expand your palette and culinary skills as well as support local farms and farmers. I have to thank Karen, a blog reader, for referring us to our CSA!