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The other week I started a CSA subscription (more information on Local Harvest) with Farm Fresh To You (FFTY). I had actually purchased it as a Groupon a few months earlier, but I never got around to setting it up. Since I became a vegetarian a couple of months ago, it seemed like a reasonable thing to start. While not a replacement for my grocery shopping, I’ve decided to do my meal planning around my box and document it here. I think it will also help to chronicle my new journey as a vegetarian.
In the Box
My first box (which also had a great user-friendly design) contained the following:
- Onion (1 lb)
- Fuji Apples (3 ct)
- Valencia Oranges (3 ct)
- Strawberries (1 lb)
- Asparagus (.75 lb)
- Yellow Spring Onion (1)
- Beets (1)
- Celery (1)
- Leaf Lettuce (1)
- Mint (1)
The strawberries, apples, oranges, and most of the celery were great as snacks. The oranges were rather large so I was able to slice them into several snack sections (I actually still have one left). I later saw that FFTY had provided an easy Strawberry Mint Sorbet recipe in the box, but by then I had already eaten them all. Looks like a recipe to save it for another day (especially with summer approaching).
I had also hoped by starting this subscription that I would be trying new vegetables I wouldn’t naturally pick up at the grocery store. These turned out to be the beets and the yellow spring onion. While I enjoy a good beet salad, I had never thought to cook them. I ended up making roasted beets that turned out very well (though learning to slice beets was probably not my finest moment of cooking). These would last me days actually and as a bonus I found out how much I LOVE beet greens (Proof: I even declared it on Twitter).
The spring onion was tricky – not quite enough to be the center of a meal, but also different enough from an onion that I wanted to think about it. I ended it up incorporating it with brown mushrooms in a variety of meals: lettuce wraps, spring rolls, and pita sandwiches.
From the Box: The Breakdown
From the box, I was inspired to make the following:
- Quinoa Vegetable Medley, Roasted Beets, and Sauteed Beet Greens (Celery, Beets, Beet Greens): First time making anything with beets.
- Asparagus & Mushroom Lettuce Wraps (Asparagus, Spring Onion, Leaf Lettuce, Mint): First time making lettuce wraps and I also made up the recipe
- Lemongrass Tofu & Spring Onion Mushroom Spring Rolls (Spring Onion, Mint, Leaf Lettuce): Also started experimenting with a vegetarian nuoc mam sauce.
- Mushroom & Spinach Pita (Spring Onion): This went excellently with an Olive Hummus I had purchased from Trader Joe’s that I didn’t quite like with pita chips.
Can’t wait for my second box!
P.S. If you want to start a subscription or try it out, let me know. I have a refer-a-friend deal for $10 off.