Thursdays are always a good day because I get a huge box of fruits and veggies fresh from the farm. I love the CSA because I get an email Tuesday saying the produce for the week, and I always look forward to the email Monday evening. Once I find out what I’m getting, I can’t wait until I get to pick it up on Thursday, and then the veggies last me through at least Monday, when I start looking forward to the new email from the farm.
Some CSAs do delivery, some do pick up at the farm, and some are bulk pick-ups, which is what I have. The shares get dropped off sometime between 8 and 9, so I usually drive over even though its very close to my house. It takes way longer to walk there and then by the time I’m back at my apartment with two heavy bags of produce, I’m sweating and don’t feel ready to face the work day.
This morning I took some pictures so you could come along for the ride. The door is very discretely marked so I had such a hard time finding it the first time. I guess thats a good thing though so there’s not people going in there to take veggies who haven’t paid for their share.
This is the door inside the original door leading to the room with the boxes.
First you find your name and sign off on having picked up your share…
And then you get your pick of boxes..
A half share is one box, and a full share is two. Since I share a full share, I always get to get 2 boxes.
I bring reusable grocery bags with me so I can transfer all the veggies into those rather than having to carry the boxes, but you can take the boxes and bring them back the following week if you so desire.
This week’s share was looking pretty good!
6 Empire Apples
A bag of potatoes still covered in dirt!
Cherry Tomatoes and two (slightly) larger tomatoes
Plus two green bell peppers, a zucchini, a pattypan squash, and 6 small earns of corn.
For lunch today, I wanted to use the leftover shrimp from last night’s dinner. I love to try to figure out ways to rework the leftovers when I can so I’m eating something different rather than the same thing again, so I decided to make fried rice.
I started out by sautéing some veggies that I had on hand with a clove of garlic – red onion, frozen carrots, frozen corn, and frozen edamame (but you can use whatever you have!).
Once those were heated through, I added 1 cup of cooked brown rice, chopped shrimp, and one beaten egg.
Then two packets of soy sauce, mixed all together, and voila! Lunch was ready.
If you know how to make fried rice look pretty in a picture, please let me know.
But I promise, it was delicious. I ate it cold at my desk and practically licked the bowl clean.
I’ve never had an empire apple before… have you? What’s your favorite kind? I loooove honeycrisps in the fall, but fujis the rest of the year.