Bizz & BooBoo

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GRUB this week – and what I’ve been doing with it! August 31, 2011

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Yesterday was our bi-weekly GRUB CSA share pick up day! WooHoo!

Bizz and I headed out to the farm after his martial arts class while BooBoo stayed home with Daddy! Bizz went directly to the trampoline and proceeded to joyfully bounce while I leisurely picked out all of the amazing looking veggies for the week!

We received corn, eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, garlic, onions, squash, a melon and more! Plus as many cherry tomatoes as we could pick! I loaded up on the cherry tomatoes this week since it was a little easier to pick with BooBoo at home and Bizz on the trampoline!

 There are several different varieties of the cherry tomatoes and I made sure to get some of each!

Besides the obvious things we have been doing to enjoy our bi-weekly CSA bounty (popping cherry tomatoes as snacks, big bold cucumber/lettuce salads, fried squash and onions & garlic in everything) I thought I would share with you some of the things I am doing with the rest of it.

Last week I made amazing fries with the Bintje Yellow Potatoes (Check out this cool page I found on potatoes from The Cook’s Thesaurus)! Just chopped them up, coated with coconut oil and salt then baked. They were a big hit with everyone! And super easy to make!

    

I also had no idea what to do with all the eggplants we were getting, but I found a recipe for eggplant parmesan and made it one night – it was a huge hit. Now there are three of them in the freezer ready to pop in the oven at a moment’s notice!

 

The recipe and a post on making this along with how to make your own breadcrumbs will be forthcoming!

And with the bounty of peppers I cut a good portion of them up and froze them! I store them in an old yogurt container and I love to have them available to throw in when I am frying up some meat or potatoes or practically anything. I love the little hint of taste that peppers can give – and the smell alone while they are cooking is enough for me 🙂

  

This beautiful flower was growing among the cherry tomatoes at GRUB – I couldn’t resist capturing it with my camera, though I have no idea what it is!

**update – I’ve been informed it is a Clover Bloom – love it!!

~Jesse

This post was shared on Real Food Whole Health Fresh Bite Fridays on 9/2/2011!

Don’t forget – the Greenfeet Organic Produce & Nut Wash giveaway ends tonight at 11:59 PST – get your entries in!!!

 

This week’s GRUB! August 17, 2011

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Yesterday afternoon Bizz, BooBoo and I headed out to GRUB to pick up our share of veggies! It is always such a fun adventure. Bizz can never decide if he wants to go on the trampoline, see the vegetables or play with the other kids that might be there first. The whole drive is filled with excited chatter.

When we arrive each week the produce is laid out beautifully under a huge oak tree and we choose our veggies based on the directions on little pieces of chalkboard such as “1 lb yellow wax beans” or “2 eggplant

Beautiful Summer Bounty

The kids have plenty to do:

Bizz playing on the trampoline

They have a whole row of cherry tomatoes just for CSA members to pick from to their heart’s content 🙂

  

And as usual we left with an amazing bounty and such a great connection to where our food comes from!

Have a beautiful day!

~Jesse

This post was shared on Real Food Whole Health Traditional Tuesdays Blog Hop on 8/30/2011!

 

GRUB CSA Share! August 4, 2011

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Every other Tuesday I pick up a produce “share” from the GRUB farm in Chico.

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and it one of the coolest things ever!

Here are some pictures of the amazing veggies in our share this week:

This is the first time I have ever even seen Okra, it’s pretty neat-o. Now what the heck do I do with it??

Beautiful assortment of cherry tomatoes, big beef slicers, red zebra and some other heirlooms!

And these are the cherry tomatoes that we picked and as I was walking into the house with BooBoo dropped, and then stepped on….. never a dull moment 😉

Bell peppers, jalapenos, and sweet red peppers.

More eggplant parmesan coming up!

And of course plenty of cukes and squash!

Now what to do with all of these amazing items??

One of my favorite things about bring a CSA member is that not only do I get fresh, organic, delicious produce. But, it also forces me out of my comfort zone to try new things and find new recipes to use veggies I would not normally purchase!

Let me know if you have any great tried and true recipes, salads, or ideas of what to make with any of these items!

Happy Summer!

~Jesse