Look what showed up on our doorstep yesterday:
A mess of locally grown produce from the Duck Herder CSA — that’s community supported agriculture, if you’re not familiar with the lingo.
The Duck Herder CSA is a “little farm garden gone wild,” run by my friends Grace and Cary Kanoy and their two boys, Sawyer and Sky. For years, Cary and Grace have been making me drool with their Facebook “what’s for dinner” postings. So, this winter, when Grace sent out a message saying they were selling shares in their new CSA, I signed up. From now through the end of August, we’ll get weekly deliveries of fresh produces and other goodies from the Kanoy farm.
This week’s basket was overflowing with great pesticide-free produce, enough for our family and some to share with friends and neighbors: “1 dozen eggs (brown), kale, green onions, arugula, swiss chard (rainbow), lettuce (mix of red freckled romaine, black simpson, bibb, oakleaf, red leaf), garlic chives, golden frill mustard greens, radish (cherry belle), thyme, rosemary, mint (various chocolate peppermint, peppermint, spearmint – for the mojito lovers).”
Inspired by all the great produce, I made a feast for dinner last night. I grilled some some shrimp and cobia marinated in blood orange olive oil and serrano honey vinegar from Midtown Olive Press, made some parmesan and garlic kale chips, from this Home Skillet recipe Cary recommended and cooked up a side of pasta tossed in olive oil and parmesan cheese. Delicious.
This was my first time trying kale chips — and maybe my first time trying kale — and they were delicious. In fact, I think I’ll munch on some for lunch!
I can’t wait to use some of the other ingredients in my Duck Herder basket. This will be my first time cooking with swiss chard, garlic chives and mustard greens, as well, so I’m looking for recipes. Thankfully, both Cary and Grace have created Pinterest boards where they’re sharing some favorite recipes using these ingredients.
In addition to being a great source of local produce, a CSA is a great way to try new things. Unlike at the grocery store, you don’t get to choose what you buy. Instead, the baskets include what is in-season and being harvested that week. That’s how people used to eat when they had to grow their own and before we began importing food from around the world. I would encourage you to consider joining a CSA in your community. You can find participating farms at Local Harvest
Stay tuned. I’ll post more recipes and results.