CSA Box Strategies + a Farmhouse Salad

I’ve talked about this time and again on right here, however one in every of my favourite methods to include recent produce into my meals is thru my native Texas CSA supply that I get bi-weekly. The vegatables and fruits are grown from native farms and when my “bushel” arrives, the contents are all the time a shock! There’s no higher manner in my view to eat hyper native than by signing up for an area CSA field – and they are often discovered everywhere in the nation. BUT – I’ll be sincere – generally it may be a bit daunting. Finding methods to eat and retailer the greens earlier than they go unhealthy is one thing that stresses me out a little bit. Knowing that somebody close to me rigorously grew and picked that lettuce or these beets makes me really feel answerable for treating them nicely.

Today I’m partnering with Sub Zero on their Fresh Food Matters initiative to share recommendations on eat extra actual, recent meals. These days there’s an amazing quantity of data relating to what we must always and shouldn’t eat, however I feel everybody can agree that recent, complete meals are central to well being, tradition, group, and the setting. The purpose for immediately is to share a number of easy recommendations on how I make the most of the recent meals in my CSA supply.

Pictured above is the field I acquired a number of weeks in the past. I’ve to say – this one was a beaut. Soft butter lettuce, recent blueberries, radishes, carrots, kale, and the largest beet I’ve ever seen. Buried beneath these issues was a fennel bulb, a pile of zucchini, and summer time squash.

CSA Box Strategies + a Farmhouse Salad

Here’s how I approached this field, and the way I usually strategy each field:

1. Sample. Try out the merchandise so you actually know what you’re working with. Look at these blueberries! These have been the primary of the season, so I ate most of these earlier than I may put them away.

2. Sort & Store. Sort the whole lot into luggage and retailer (most issues) within the fridge whereas you determine what to make. Cut the tops off of carrots and beets and retailer all of them individually so that every piece of the vegetable will last more. I retailer candy potatoes and winter squash on the countertop, however most spring produce does finest within the fridge.

Right now, I re-use the grocery retailer produce luggage however I actually need to check out a extra sustainable answer. Vegetables from the farm can usually be actually soiled, so mesh or fabric luggage aren’t going to be my answer – you probably have a suggestion, be at liberty to depart it within the feedback!

Also, opposite to what most individuals say, I don’t like to scrub my produce proper after I get it. I discover that it lasts longer whether it is protected by its filth. Once it’s washed, veggies begin to get delicate and limp quicker.

three. Plan & Brainstorm. Make a listing of the contents of the field and begin brainstorming what to make. It’s simple to neglect what got here as soon as it’s stowed away within the fridge, so I prefer to kind this out on paper. My normal rule of thumb is to begin excited about the softer greens first (lettuce, greens) and fear in regards to the sturdier greens (beets, radishes), second. If you need assistance deciding what to make, browse our recipe index “by ingredient,” and that can assist get you began.

CSA Box Strategies + a Farmhouse Salad

four. Chill Out. If you’re overwhelmed by sure elements, it’s okay to freeze them for later. I’ve been consuming lots of kale salads recently, so this time I froze the kale for my morning smoothies all through the week.

5. Prep, prepare dinner and eat. Make some meals! Here’s how I used the assorted elements on this bunch:

– Kale: this time, since I had so many greens on this field, I froze the kale for my morning smoothies together with a few of the leftover blueberries. (More kale recipes right here).

– Zucchini and yellow squash: I made a dish much like this recipe – I tossed skinny slices of zucchini and yellow squash with pesto and plenty of lemon. Here are another concepts: a knockout Summer Squash Tian, a One Pot Pasta, or Zoodles!

CSA Box Strategies + a Farmhouse Salad

CSA Box Strategies + a Farmhouse Salad

– Beets: I simply made a easy beet hummus that I used all through the week for sandwiches and snacks.

– Fennel: I thinly sliced it and baked it on high of tacky flatbread with the rest of the blueberries.

– Lettuce, carrots and radishes: I made a giant tangy Farmhouse Spring Salad that I delivered to Jack’s household’s Sunday dinner. (Scroll down for the recipe).

CSA Box Strategies + a Farmhouse Salad

Jack’s mother loves radishes so I sliced the radishes and carrots actually skinny. I then tossed them in a easy dressing with some pickled onions and allow them to soften whereas I washed and dried the butterhead lettuce. I tossed all of it along with pine nuts, sunflower seeds, and feta cheese. It was an excellent, crunchy, mild aspect salad.

CSA Box Strategies + a Farmhouse Salad

Do you get a CSA field? What are your suggestions?

Spring Farmhouse Gem Lettuce Salad


  • 6 small or three massive carrots
  • 6 radishes
  • ¼ cup fast pickled onions* (see beneath)
  • 2 tablespoons recent lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon recent orange zest
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1 bunch Bibb, butterhead, or gem lettuce, washed & dried nicely
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted if desired
  • 1 tablespoon hulled sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese, optionally available
  • Sea salt and freshly floor black pepper
  1. Thinly slice the carrots and radishes. I like to make use of a mandolin to get paper skinny slices. Place them in a big bowl with the pickled onions, lemon juice, orange zest, a drizzle of olive oil and some beneficiant pinches of salt and pepper. Mix and let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Tear the bigger items of the Bibb lettuce into chew dimension (however not too small) items. Add to the bowl with the radishes and carrots and toss to coat. Season to style with extra salt and pepper, if desired.
  3. Transfer to a platter and high with the pine nuts, sunflower seeds, feta cheese and one other drizzle of olive oil, as desired. Serve instantly.



Special due to Sub Zero & Wolf for partnering on this publish. Be positive to take a look at FreshFoodMatters.com (particularly this video a couple of Texas farmer who grows for a CSA!) for extra recommendations on procuring and storing seasonal produce, and share your suggestions utilizing #FreshFoodMatters. All opinions and pictures are my very own – thanks for supporting the sponsors that maintain us cooking!