Summer Fruits and Vegetables, CSA weeks 8 and 9

Phew! This summer totally got away from me. Well, maybe it was just last week, but still. Only just catching up to the internet now. Quick post from the last two weeks:

Tagge Famous Fruit CSA Week 8

  • Watermelon
  • 10 peaches
  • acorn squash
  • cherry tomatoes
  • four ear of corn
  • butter lettuce
  • four apples
  • four tomatoes
  • garlic
  • onions
  • two bell peppers
  • six plums

Tagge Famous Fruit CSA Week 9

And this week:

  • two ears of corn
  • cucumber
  • four apples
  • two bell peppers
  • two jalapeno peppers
  • 10 peaches
  • cantaloupe
  • potatoes
  • squash (I think it’s spaghetti. I don’t know my squashes)
  • four pears
  • container of raspberries
  • six plums

And of course, two Wonder Women, but those are an ongoing fixture.

I’ve got a lot of cooking going on this weekend with family in town and two little scamps who will be turning 2. Have a great weekend!

Summer CSA – Fruits and Veggies Week 7

Tagge Famous Fruit CSA, helping Hands

As you can see, I had more helping hands this week. I also had a superhero:

Tagge Famous Fruit CSA Week 7

In addition to the fruits and veggies, I had two Wonder Woman toys who just wouldn’t stop jumping into the picture. 🙂 This week we received:

  • Bunch of lettuce
  • Four ears of corn
  • Two beets
  • Two bell peppers
  • Two jalapeño peppers
  • Five tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Four potatoes
  • zucchini
  • and about a dozen peaches – I think there were three varieties in all.

Fortunately, Rob, the ladies, and I all love peaches, so those shouldn’t last long. I hope you’re enjoying the season’s fresh produce!

Summer CSA – Fruits and Veggies, Week 6

As you can see, I had helping hands again this week. I’m surprised the peaches made it intact… what you can’t see in this photo is one in Vanessa free hand. 🙂

Tagge Famous Fruit CSA, Week 6.

This week we received:

  • Cantaloupe
  • Cabbage
  • butter lettuce
  • two green bell peppers
  • three ears of corn
  • cucumber
  • eggplant
  • two tomatoes
  • four peaches
  • green beans

I’ve been doing a pretty good job of using up our veggies each week, but some of them are harder than others. I still have a head and a half of cabbage in the fridge, so I sent this one home with my mom.

Between the eggplant, peppers, green beans, and tomatoes, I have almost all the ingredients for a Georgian dish – ajapsandali. So I’m hoping to make that up this weekend.

Hope your weekend is full of great summer fruits and veggies!

Summer CSA – Fruits and Veggies Week 5

Tagge's Famous Fruit CSA

This week I had two very busy sets of helping hands. The ladies like to touch and identify the different fruits and veggies, and quite often the go directly in mouths. That was the case with the blueberries and the tomatoes – It seemed like they ate 1/3 of the blueberries in 30 seconds flat!

We received:

  • Two bunches of lettuce
  • cucumber
  • green beans
  • two tomatoes
  • blueberries
  • cantaloupe
  • watermelon
  • four ears of corn
  • eggplant

I have great plans for that eggplant, which I’ll share later this week!

Summer CSA – Fruits and Veggies, Week 4

Tagge Famous Fruit CSA, Week 4

Looking at this picture almost a week later, I forget how much fruit and veg we got this week:

  • Two peaches
  • container of raspberries
  • head of cabbage
  • cantaloupe
  • lettuce (Not sure what kind)
  • cucumber
  • zucchini
  • two pickling cucumbers
  • two ears of corn
  • green beans

Usually the ladies polish off the raspberries before Rob and I get any, but I made sure this week to hoard some for myself! They were just lovely.

Summer CSA – Fruits and Veggies, Week 3

Ugh.

In atrocious news, I’ve herniated two discs in my back, and I’m in astronomical amounts of pain. It got so bad I had Rob take me to the ER in a desperate attempt to get some relief and figure out what was wrong. On the positive side, I’ve got some decent pain pills and I start physical therapy Monday. On the negative side, I’m still in crazy amounts of pain, and I’m worried that I might have to have back surgery. 🙁 Not the best news for the summer, but I’m trying to stay as positive as I can.

With all that excitement I haven’t spent much time in the kitchen. So with this week’s fruits and veggies, we’ve got a very full fridge, and I need to do some meal planning! This week we received:

Tagge Famous Fruit CSA Week 3

  • Two ears of corn! I love it when corn season begins
  • Two heads of lettuce
  • Two different types of green onions
  • one head of garlic
  • one cute little green pepper
  • one huge beet
  • three summer squash
  • a bunch of carrots
  • four apricots
  • a pound and a half of cherries
  • a bunch of green beans

This evening I made a nice chicken pot pie, and that used up a bit of the veggies, but we’ve still got enough around here to feed an army. We still have quite a few cherries left over from last week, so I think I’ll make a cherry tart tomorrow and use those up before they get too ripe.

Have a great week, and think some healing thoughts my way, please!

Summer CSA – Fruits and Veggies, Week 2

Tagge's Famous Fruit CSA Week 2

Since it’s still so early in the growing season, the produce that we see isn’t quite as overwhelming as it will be in a month. We still got some great fruits and veggies, though!

  • Two types of lettuce
  • Four summer squash (Zucchini, golden zucchini, mediterranean squash, and a pattypan squash)
  • Bunch of greens (I think it’s chard. I seriously don’t know my greens)
  • head of cabbage
  • Four huge apricots
  • And about two pounds of cherries

I’m looking forward to just sauteing up all that squash with some butter and olive oil. It’s going to be lovely!

Summer CSA – Fruits and Vegetables, Week 1

There are so many milestones that can mark the beginning of summer – Memorial Day, the last day of school, the 4th of July… One that I’ve looked forward to the past couple of years is the first day of our CSA!

Rob and I invest in a local CSA, Tagge’s Famous Fruit, and this week was our first pickup. Here’s what we got:

Tagge's Famous Fruit CSA, Week 1

  • One tomato
  • One bunch of beets
  • one bunch of turnips
  • One head of lettuce
  • One bunch of green onions
  • One bunch of chard
  • Six apricots
  • Two pounds of cherries

One of my goals this summer is to use or give away everything we receive each week. Sometimes it’s just so much food that I have a hard time finding room in the fridge for it, or I don’t know how to prepare it. Fortunately, I’ve learned quite a bit over the past two years of CSA’s, and stock-piled some recipes, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be successful this time around.

One of the tastiest dishes I made this week was turnips and greens. I took the turnips and cleaned and peeled them, then diced them up into bite sized pieces and sauteed them with some olive oil and garlic for about 7 minutes. Then I cleaned and chopped the chard and threw that in on top and covered it until it had all wilted and cooked down. Finished it with some butter and some salt and pepper and it was a lovely side dish!

Tagge’s Famous Fruit CSA, Week 14.

So sad that there is only one more week of the CSA! But it’s probably a good thing, since I have a whole counter full of vegetables. Oh, and apples – lots of apples. 🙂

Tagge's Famous Fruit CSA, Week 14.

This week we had:

  • butternut squash
  • pumpkin
  • onions
  • potatoes
  • acorn squash
  • green beans
  • radishes
  • apples
  • small box of raspberries (not pictured)

It seems I always forget to take a picture of the raspberries before the girls start noshing on them. 🙂

Next week will be the last delivery of the summer – we’re definitely going to miss it!

Tagge’s Famous Fruit CSA, Week 13

I admit I’ve been remiss the past month, and haven’t properly documented the CSA. That’s because I get everything unboxed and put away before I remember I need to take a picture! Oops!

Tagge's Famous Fruit CSA, Week 13

We only have 2 or three weeks left, and I’m going to be sad when it comes to an end. Fortunately, the end of the season means apples and squashes that will last for weeks, so we’ll still have fresh, local fruits and veggies hanging about the house until the end of October.

This week brought:

  • greens… but I’m not sure what kind. They aren’t kale or collards, but I’m sure they’ll cook up nicely.
  • raspberries (not pictured… I fed them to the girls for dinner)
  • five peaches
  • maybe 10 apples
  • one onion
  • one green bell pepper
  • half a dozen tomatoes
  • half a dozen potatoes
  • two butternut squash
  • two small pumpkins

I’ve got plenty of apples and potatoes built up from the previous weeks, so I think Sunday family dinner will have to have a potato side and an apple dessert. 🙂