Jupiter Creek Farm CSA box week 2

Another post about the produce. This was the second week of our Jupiter Creek Farm CSA box adventure (see Jupiter Creek Farm CSA box for more info on what a CSA is).

I eagerly picked up our box and rushed home to find out what was in it. We had

  • a Leek
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Pomegranates
  • Cucumbers
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Pears
  • Sweet corn
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Bananas

What did we do or will we do with the produce?

The leek, well I’m thinking a leek, pea & fetta frittata, although in the back of my mind a chicken, bacon and leek pie is sounding delicious.

The potatoes, they were made into mashed potatoes and served with lamb cutlets for perfect Sunday evening dinner

The carrots, well again they were so full of flavour and have/will be snacked on as well as used in a minestrone soup

The broccoli, well there was heaps of it and it was so green and fresh. I want to let the flavour shine not cover it up so simple treatment of steaming it and maybe dressing it with a bit of lemon juice as I find they work well together. I’ve also seen some recipes for roasting broccoli which I’ve never done but am curious to do just to see how the flavour comes out

The pomegranates, well they aren’t something I come across too often and I’ll probably use them in a salad or perhaps make a syrup with them to use in a cocktail 🙂

The cucumbers well my children just love them so they’ll eat them in a salad or as they come

The apples well they are just beautiful and the only way to use them is simply to eat them as they are, crunchy, slightly tart, slightly sweet and delicious

The grapes were sweet and seedless perfect of our children to eat (if I share them)

The pears like the apples are beautiful and could be used in a cake or in a salad but really probably will just be eaten fresh and will be perfect

There was only one cob of sweet corn so it’s been served as a side dish boiled and dressed with a bit of butter (just a bit)

The spinach, well my husband hates it so I’m not going to cook a meal based around it, but tis great sautéed and will of course work well in a stir-fry. I’ve also been having green smoothies for breakfast so will probably use it there too/

The kale I find a bit stronger in flavour than spinach and it’s just come into season so I haven’t used it for a while, but is packed full of goodness. But it’s been used in minestrone, a bit in green smoothies/ Also I’ve seen recipes for kale chips and I’m really intrigued by this so think these will definitely be made.

The Bananas well they could be used in a multitude of ways, but I suspect we will eat them just as they are in all their bananary goodness

For more information on Jupiter Creek Farm see here

Part of the In Her Chucks CSA link party

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Jupiter Creek Farm CSA box

There’s no recipe involved in this post, this one’s about thing produce behind the cooking.

This week I got my first CSA box from Jupiter Creek Farm. What’s CSA you ask? It stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Essentially it’s a box for fruit and veg that comes direct form the farmers, no middle man (or 20) involved. In this case it comes from a farm called Jupiter Creek Farm. They grow a large chunk of what’s in the box and source the rest from other farmers. It’s all organic and local, and soo fresh. I like it for these reasons.

Yeah its more expensive than popping down to the supermarket and you don’t get to choose its contents but I like spend my shopping dollar in supporting local farmers and giving them a fair price for their produce as well as buying seasonally. It doesn’t provide all our fruit and veg needs but a least a fair chunk of them.

Back to the actual box. You pick it up from a local pick up point (PUP) and take it home to find out what’s inside. In this case there were

  • Oranges
  • Apples
  • Permissions
  • Plums
  • Spring onions
  • Spinach
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Sweet Corn

What did we do or will we do with the produce?

The Apples, Oranges and plums well these are eaten as they are, super fresh and delicious. The plums tasted like the ones we pick from our own tree, so full of flavour which you just don’t get from supermarket/shop bought ones. The permissions well I haven’t encountered them before so after a bit of research I’ve left them in the fruit bowl to ripen up where by I should be able to cut the tops off and eat them with a spoon.

The spring onions I’ll use them in place of onions where I can swap them around and probably make my favourite carb cheese combination – baked potatoes halved with the filling scooped out and mixed up with some grated cheese and sliced spring onions then this mixtures is popped back into the potato halves and some more grated cheese is sprinkled on top and browned in the oven – YUM

The spinach – well my husband doesn’t like it (read hates it) so it’s a bit hard to make a meal based around it but I generally treat it with love and respect and don’t over cook it. This morning it was lightly sautéed in butter with garlic and served with bacon and eggs.

The potatoes well they could be used above in the spring onion cheese carb fest or they will accompany a roast I’ll do later in the week.

The pumpkin is gorgeous, it was a variety I hadn’t seen before and after a bit of hunting around I was informed it was a heirloom French variety potimarron, best served baked. This will be roasted up to either accompany the roast or even just by itself or with olive oil and may some cumin seeds as cumin and pumpkin go so well together. I might even make some haloumi cheese as that also goes well with roasted pumpkin.

The onions well they could be used any number of ways and won’t go to waste.

The carrots were real proper carrots, funny shaped and all. They reminded me of the carrot s my grandfather used to grow where they weren’t all shaped perfectly and tasted so carroty (for lack of a better word). The carrots will in honestly probably just be eaten raw as a snack or otherwise included in the above mentioned roast, a stir fry or salad.

The celery well like the carrots will probably be snacked on and included in a stir fry or casserole or pasta sauce. That’s one of the things I love about celery you can just use it so many ways.

The sweet corn well I love sweet corn and could happily eat it just boiled and plain or another really good way is to remove the leaves and silk and rub some olive oil on it season with salt and pepper or rub some butter with lime zest grated into it and chilli and bbq it. However I think we will use these in corn fritters as it fits in well with the menu for this week.

For more info on Jupiter Creek Farm see here

Part of the In Her Chucks CSA link party