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January 20th 2010
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Look at what I got yesterday! My very first CSA basket from Family Farm Fresh. It was very exciting to open it!

They deliver to Hanford each Tuesday, and bring the basket full of produce from local farmers right to your front door. It comes like this, with a newsletter clipped to it. In the newsletter there are recipe ideas, instructions for how to store the specific fruits and veggies in your basket that week, how to know when things are ripe, and information about less-common items so you’re not completely blind.

This week we got all sorts of goodies – fennel (which I HATE but have always heard that if you prepare the bulb part a certain way it can be mild and delicious even to people who hate it, so I can’t wait to try it!), green onions, naval oranges and mandarins, a tiny lemon, 2 pears, 2 avocados, lettuce, collards, and cauliflower.

One of the pears had a tiny spot of mold, and one of the avocados was overripe so I called the “hotline” to let them know and they told me they’d be sending a new pear and avocado to me today! How exciting! I just thought maybe they’d put an extra item in my basket for next week or something but this is even better.

I quickly chowed down on this mandarin… it was so juicy that I had to bite over a napkin or risk looking like I’d had an accident. The flavor was super-intense, and just look at the color! Doesn’t it look just like FAKE oranges or candy or something? But so real and so good.

I’m not sure yet what we will use everything for… we had planned our weekly menu based on what the newsletter on their website said would be “expected” in this week’s basket. Evidently that won’t work for the future – we expected sweet potatoes, baby bok choy, and turnips, none of which were in our basket.  We also did NOT expect cauliflower – and bought a head at the grocery store. So… we have 2 cauliflowers, no bok choy, turnips, or sweet potatoes. Sad!

Looks like from now on we’ll have to wait till Tuesday CSA deliveries BEFORE we plan out our week’s menu.





Tiffany (7 comments)

Oh I miss the CSA I did this summer. So fun! I'm so jealous that you are enjoying these treats in the winter. That's something to look forward to if we ever end up stationed there! :)




Tiffany (7 comments)

Oh I miss the CSA I did this summer. So fun! I'm so jealous that you are enjoying these treats in the winter. That's something to look forward to if we ever end up stationed there! :)




JoyfulAbode (1044 comments)

Oh nifty! I haven't been to Superior Dairy yet… mostly because I have heard (and seen in photos) that their portion sizes are HUGE! I rarely eat ice cream and when I do a few spoonsful are usually enough to satisfy my taste for it… maybe I'll go with lots of people and we'll all split one scoop. hehe.

So sad for you in the snow! I definitely prefer green grass.




Dee (1 comments)

Ahhhh Hanford. I grew up in Fresno with cousins in Hanford! Have an ice-cream from Superior Dairy for me, and I'll be so jealous digging out of the snow here in Denver!




Joyce (2 comments)

we get the same kind of thing, aussie farmers direct. I love it! And I love that the profits go where they are supposed to




JoyfulAbode (1044 comments)

I wonder what is in season there now… just potatoes? hehe. I wish you had something like that there too. Local produce is the best.




JoyfulAbode (1044 comments)

I was thinking about that today! Will definitely be roasting some of it. Delicious!




carolynp (1 comments)

I'd highly recommend roasting cauliflower. A little Olive Oil, Garlic, salt, and pepper. I like well browned. YUM!




Kim (2 comments)

What a cool idea! I wish we had something like that around here as I much prefer to buy local produce if possible. A little hard in the winter in eastern Canada though ;)




JoyfulAbode (1044 comments)

I just have to let y'all know… not only did they bring out a replacement pear and avocado the next day, but they brought THREE of each! How sweet is that??
And I just ate a pear… truly the most juicy, flavorful, delicious pear I have eaten in my life.






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