CSA 2008, Week Four.

Keith and I picked up our box this week in the absolute torrential rain. I am not kidding — sheets of water came down out of the sky with more pressure than I’ve got in my shower. It was lucky, though, because I had been waiting outside for Keith to swing by my office so we could get our box together; not even after a minute in the car, the rain came crashing down. I had been watching the low-hanging clouds approach with growing apprehension, and after the loudest crack of thunder — that was it.

In spite of the weather, I was really excited to get our box; it would be my first time to the pick-up spot, and I was excited to see the boxes in their natural habitat. When we arrived, the rain prevented me from looking around much — though it does, I suppose, get to a point where a person simply can’t get any wetter — but I was really surprised to see how many boxes were stacked along the porch, as well as the long list of participants, who this week would be enjoying the following vegetables:

  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard
  • Salad greens
  • Baby squash
  • Turnips
  • Kohlrabi
  • Baby carrots
  • Scapes

This week was an even busier one for me than usual, so I kept my vegetables as basic as possible. The greens became a salad; the chard and spinach I sautéed with the scapes; the turnips I puréed with some caramelized onions; the carrots and baby squash I roasted in the oven with some thyme; and the kohlrabi I boiled until just tender, before sprinkling with salt and squeezing a lemon’s juice over the cubes. (A quick note about kohlrabi, which I admit I was a little nervous about — a very intimidating-looking item! It is extremely fibrous.)

Next week should be an interesting CSA box, in the sense that Keith and I will be in Oregon; Darlington and Amanda are going to step in for us. I’m interested to see what they end up with, and how they put it to use. I’ll keep you posted…