Jun 4, 2013

What's in Season? Week 1

We've been anxiously awaiting this week for a loooooong while now.  It's Week 1 of Fresh Fork!  It's a local CSA program based out of Cleveland, Ohio in which each week members pick up a HUGE bag of fresh food grown within 75 miles of our wonderful city.  A lot of the produce is organic or chemical-free and the eggs and milk products are pasture-raised and delicious.  We have once again selected the small vegetarian share, costing us $25 per week (but probably cutting $40 or $50 out of our weekly food budget while forcing us to eat our veggies allowing us the opportunity to enjoy some of the best food the region has to offer.

I've decided to dedicate the summer (actually the next 22 weeks!) to showcasing some amazing in-season delicacies.  Whether you're also a member of Fresh Fork or you're just interested in what fresh food is available at different times of the year in the midwest, I hope you'll find these posts worthwhile.  I plan on listing what food we're getting each week, including links to recipe ideas, as well as posting some new creations to try.

Yesterday we got the list of goodies to expect tomorrow (as part of the small vegetarian share):
  • Broccoli (make some General Tso sauce to put over steamed broccoli)
  • Leaf lettuce (perhaps as a taco topper)
  • Red Russian kale (we've been craving kale chips lately)
  • Strawberries (they make a delicious pancake topper)
  • Black turtle beans (salsa!!)
  • Pasture-raised eggs (can be used in some healthy fried rice...perhaps with General Tso broccoli)
  • Vegan Luna burgers (we made some last year with homemade guacamole on top!)
  • Pea tendrils (this would be good)
  • Pinto beans (chili would be a good way to use of both of these beans...especially with the cold weather lately)
  • Siberian Night beer-washed cheese (gotta try this before offering any recommendations...)
And that's only a week's worth of food.  Apparently the late frosts this year have affected some of the early crops, so we're a little behind on what fresh produce should be coming in, but that's also a promise of heavy bags in the coming weeks.

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