Week #3 of Our Winter CSA: Turnips, Spinach, Cheddar, and More!

Recap from last week:

Last weeks CSA share went great (If you missed the post last week, you can catch it here)! I ended up roasting the sunchokes and they turned out DELICIOUS! Check out the recipe. The radishes that I added into it weren’t the biggest hit with the fam though. The Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon recipe by Jo-Lynne Shane was a huge hit too. My meat and potatoes husband Ben even really liked them. Yes, to all who know him, I just said that he ate and liked Brussels Sprouts. The mesclun mix that we got last week was gone almost instantaneously. I enjoyed every last bit of it in salads with some purple cabbage until it was gone. This has gotten me back on my salad kick…WAHOO!!!

Now onto Week 3:

G and I headed up to Eckerton Hill Farm today to grab our 3rd share. When we got there, G was awake this time and able to help me gather up our goods. It was a great week as far as the CSA goes (really, what week isn’t?) We got a bunch of great produce and also started our cheese and bread share this week too. I grabbed up a 2 pound jar of honey for my neighbor as well. I quickly got a bit jealous and will probably be picking some up for our family next week;)

I had a great conversation with farmer Tim Stark about local produce and sustainability…a highlight of my day for sure. We talked about the possibility of some farm to table dinners that may be offered. Let’s just say, I am in…this is awesome!

Here is what was in our box this week:

  1. 1 pound of spinach
  2. 1 bunch of Tuscan kale
  3. 1 bunch of Rainbow chard
  4. 1 bunch of French Breakfast radishes
  5. 1 bunch of Hakurai turnips
  6. 8 oz. Smoked Cheddar Cheese from September Farm
  7. Misty Creek Goat Dairy O’Bleu
  8. 1 loaf of Sesame and Flaxseed sliced bread from Oley Baker
Again, I was pleasantly surprised! Let’s just say, the cheeses and bread will be gone almost instantaneously…cheese and crackers, cheese and bread, cheese on salad, the possibilities are endless. With my salad kick, cheese and bread is a great side!
It is about a 25 minute drive back from the farm and I usually just brainstorm the whole time about cooking for the upcoming week. Yes, a food geek for sure! So, here is what I plan on doing with the rest of the share:
  • As for the 1 pound of spinach, this will be gone super fast. I will mix it in with my salad and C will be claiming much of it for her smoothies!
  • I am thinking that I will cook up some of that Garlicky Smoked Rainbow Chard again that I made on Thanksgiving. However, this weeks CSA newsletter came with a recipe for Swiss Chard Chips, so some may be used to try these as well, maybe with some kale mixed in. What do you think my chances are of getting the kiddos to eat these?
  • Kale is a veggie that I have never tried…true story. I have a ton of ideas for this, but this week I think I will stick to making a soup with it, maybe some white beans? I have a feeling this won’t be the last time we see good old kale this season!
  • While we were chatting, Tim mentioned that the kids would probably really like the turnips, being that they are sweet. Also a veggie I have not tried, I will be making these as a side dish this week. Not quite sure which recipe I will choose yet.
  • Now, radishes were not a favorite in the house this week. G said he liked them, but maybe ate a tiny sliver when I roasted them with the sunchokes. However, this week we got a different variety called French Breakfast. They are highlighted by Eckerton this week in that the French literally sautee them in butter (hence their name) and eat them for breakfast. Hmmm, maybe we can try this this time.

Well, I will let you know how it goes! And, if you have any good recipes for turnips or radishes, I would love to hear them. Heck, if you have any good recipes for any of these veggies, I would love to hear!

About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. We love sunchokes (we call them Jerusalem artichokes)! Wow, your CSA puts cheese and bread in your basket! That is so cool! Found you through Bloggy Moms.

    • They do! It is such a nice surprise every week, I am loving it! Not everyone in the family is so adventurous with the cheese just yet, but we are getting there. The bread though, everyone loves! Thanks for reading:)

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