I had a glorious start to the day yesterday because I received my last summer basket from From the Farmer!
Take a look at yesterday’s delivery:
I know I showed this last month, but let’s compare August’s basket to June and July’s baskets.
These pictures illustrate why I love eating local, seasonal foods. Very few of the items in one month’s basket are found in the next. I received red beets in both June and August. In June, I received a cucumber and red potatoes, and then received a cucumber and white potatoes in July. In both July and August, I received peaches and corn. But really, that is all the overlap between months! (I thought about making a Venn Diagram to help explain, but that seemed complicated.) It has been great receiving these baskets over the past few months and seeing how local summer food in the DC area changes so much in just one season.
Oh, and did I mention that all this food has been ripe, fresh, and delicious? Another great benefit of a CSA and supporting local foods: the produce is picked and harvested when it is ripe since there is a smaller transit time between farm and consumer. This is much better to preserve flavor and nutrients.
Have I convinced you to support local food yet? If yes, don’t forget to try out From the Farmer using the code LOCALCHRONICLES to get 25% off three baskets!
Anyways, back to the bounty.
When was the last time you saw spinach still on the stem? This was new to me! I’ve already used some of this in a salad for dinner last night. I love that spinach is so flavorful with minimal prep.
Sugar Baby Watermelon
I didn’t make that name up. I also didn’t know there were different names for watermelon! And ignore the alien-looking beet in the bottom right corner. Aaron and I made a delicious watermelon frozen slushy earlier this summer using basil. Surprisingly refreshing! Maybe I’ll experiment with new flavors and herbs (mint?).
Summer Rambo Apples
Might be time to remind you of my first post ever on this blog: cinnamon-spiced apple chips!
I love fresh summer corn. Maybe I’ll remake my Grilled Corn & Shrimp Bisque?
Also on my salad last night! Delicious as is, but I could be tempted to cook with the right recipe…
Grilled peaches, anyone? Now if only I knew the easy way to cut a peach in half and remove the pit…
When I saw that I would receive beets from the delivery preview email, I got excited. Then I saw this rodent-shaped beet and freaked out a bit.
Suggestions for non-rodent shaped beet recipes? I’ve already snapped off the “tail” so it would stop scaring me.
Mixed Summer Squash
I should make my Oven-Baked Zucchini Fries again! Have you tried them yet?
So cute, a simple colorful garnish, and a great snack.
By this point, you know the drill. Let me know your recipe suggestions! If you are interested in trying out From the Farmer yourself, use the code LOCALCHRONICLES to get 25% off three baskets!
Disclaimer: This basket was provided courtesy of From the Farmer in exchange for a post. The thoughts and ideas in this post are uniquely mine.