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CSA Saturday: Week 20 – The End

I can’t believe it’s been 20 weeks!  Was this the fastest summer or what?!?  I’ve really enjoyed documenting my CSA this year and I hope you have as well.

Looking back, I did get a bit more adventurous with my cooking this year, but I could’ve done better.  Beets…the most difficult item for me.  I love them, but I can only eat so many.  B hates beets and swears they taste like dirt…I don’t get that, but I’ve heard other people say that as well.  Needless to say, he won’t eat them so it was all up to me and it seemed like I was getting them in my basket every week.  I ate most of them, but I have to sadly admit that I had to throw out a few.  Ugh what a waste.  Same was true for a few bunches of swiss chard and kale…I just couldn’t keep up!

So here’s my last basket of the year:

Broccoli, Broccoli Rabe, Pumpkin, Tomatoes, Romaine Lettuce

This is a good final basket for me because I will eat everything here except for the pumpkin due to an allergy.  Yay for one last dish of broccoli rabe and sausage!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my CSA Saturday series.  I’ve really enjoyed sharing this with you every week and I hope that I have inspired you to eat locally.  Click here to see the entire 20 weeks of CSA Saturday!  I hope you will join me again next summer!

How do you eat locally?

CSA Saturday: Week 16 & Funny Stories

Well, we’re sadly getting near the end of my CSA.  Only 4 weeks left 🙁  Didn’t this just start?!

Funny story about picking up today’s basket.  I wish I didn’t leave my phone in the car because pictures would’ve made a much better post.  As I was putting all my farm goodness into my bags, a couple came up and said…”um, there’s a dead baby possum over there.”  Que???  Over where??  I should probably preface this by saying that the farm where I pick up my basket has a GORGEOUS farm stand and said possum was apparently right in the middle of this.

Gorgeous right?!  Well apparently this little possum was just playing possum (like in my favorite commercial) and once prodded a bit started to move.  The farm owner literally swept him into a box where another girl took him out to the back of the farm.  It was quite funny to watch and in reality baby possum are super cute!  Well, until they show their teeth.

Anyway, let’s look at this week’s basket…

Beets, Cucumber, Apples, Lettuce, Carrots, Plums, Scallions, Tomatoes, Nectarines & Corn

Awesome basket this week!  One of my favorite salads is a green lettuce, shredded carrot and chopped scallion salad with a lemon vinaigrette.  This is so happening this weekend.  Corn and tomatoes…shocker, they will be sides to some grilled chicken.  Even though I always make this meal, the simplicity of it always makes me happy and reminds me of summer.  The fruit will just get snacked on, so that leaves the beets.  I’m getting bored with plain old roasted beets.  Any good recipes out there for something different??


CSA Saturday: Week 12

I just got home from the Healthy Living Summit and I feel completely rejuvenated, inspired and overall excited about all of the amazing things I learned this weekend.  I have so many new ideas that I can’t wait to put into place!  I will be posting recaps all week so stay tuned for that.

It was so fun to come home from a conference about healthy food and wellness to my weekly CSA basket!  I’m more energized than ever to make this wonderful produce into a healthy meal for Barry and I.  (BTW…thanks B for picking up the basket!)

Yellow Squash, Beet Greens, Tomatoes, Eggplant, Carrots & Corn

This week’s basket is the best of what the summer has to offer…pure, healthy, deliciousness!  Today we learned a wonderful Tomato Basil Soup recipe from Wild Harvest that had roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions and fresh basil…that is definitely what is going to happen with these tomatoes.  Thank you Kim & Genie for all of your insight!

Since I have so much frozen corn from Corn Fest 2012, this will purely be eaten off the cob most likely next to a nice beet green salad with shredded carrots and goat cheese.  The eggplant…I’m not sure.  I’d like to do something creative with this.  Any ideas for the eggplant?  And then once again there is the dreaded squash that I can’t eat, but I will find a good home for it 🙂

Loving the basket this week and I can’t wait to dive in!  What would you do with this basket?

CSA Saturday: Week 11

Well I don’t have much to report this week in terms on recipes.  I made a lot of repeats.  Arugula, Beet & Goat Cheese Salad, Corn & Tomato Salad (I added feta this time), and the broccoli was boringly steamed as a side to a pinto bean, corn and tomato medley.

Moving on to this week’s basket, I got some fun new things and some old favorites!

Blueberries, Tomatoes, Kohlrabi, Beets, Pickling Cucumbers, Asian Eggplant, Green Leaf Lettuce & Peaches

So excited for the blueberries and peaches for my fruit this week!  As usual, those will disappear by the end of the weekend because we have no self control when it comes to fresh fruit.  Since I love roasted beets so much I will most likely just do that again and make a salad with the lettuce.  The kohlrabi will probably make its way into a slaw again, since I loved that so much.  And Barry will once again eat the cukes since I can’t.

I’m sure the tomatoes will make their way into numerous dishes, but one of my favorites is to combine them with the Asian eggplants.  Last year I used both to make Lidia’s Slow-Cooked Summer Tomato and Eggplant Sauce and it was the best sauce I’ve ever had.  Try this and you won’t be sorry!

I’m loving the variety in my basket this week and I can’t wait to dive in!  What would you make with this basket?


RAD Reads and Weekly Review: June 24, 2012

This week has been a much better than last.  The antibiotics have knocked the sinus infection out of my system and I’m feeling human again.  There’s a pretty lengthy weekly review ahead on my first week training for the WDW Marathon, so enjoy 🙂  I also wanted to wish everyone a happy Pride Weekend!  This has been a milestone year for equality and I hope this is just the beginning!  Now on to some RAD Reads!

Running & Fitness Posts
The Run Within knows that Rules are Meant to Be Broken and I couldn’t agree more!

Sweat Once A Day is Breaking the Cycle of Recovery.  This is a good lesson on listening to your body and making sure you spend enough time recovering.

Running Long Island NYC spent the summer solstice doing yoga in Times Square.  How cool!

Dr Rachel Runs has some great Tips for Race Spectators.  Share this with your friends and family!

Disney Posts
The Disney Food Blog has some exciting new announcements about Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival.  New additions to the menu, guest chefs and special events oh my!

This Happy Place Blog shares The City Sights in her Magic in Manhattan series.  This is such a cool perspective of NYC from the Disney Magic!

Disney Every Day reveals 15 Things You Didn’t Know About the Art of Animation Resort.  Did you know you can purchase some of the in room decor in the gift shop?!

Main Street Gazette takes a look back at the Villas at Lake Buena Vista.  It is retrotastic!

Weekly Review
This week I officially started my marathon training and in typical fashion, I jumped right into it instead of easing in.  I made the mistake of doing leg exercises (squats and lunges) doing Tone It Up! on the 2nd day, which shot my legs for the next few days.  Tone It Up! was ok, but as with all toning exercises I get bored very easily.  I did the Best Circuit Workout and Summer Slim, which were much more challenging than they look and I only did each circuit twice.  Maybe I would’ve had more interest if I actually did the exercises along with a video.  

One of the things I really want to focus on is strengthening my core.  So I tried Pilates this week and I really enjoyed it.  I felt challenged and I could feel the results the next day.  I think I’m going to try to keep this up and it is something I can easily do at night while watching TV with my husband.  

Here’s my total week of exercise:
Sunday: Rest
Monday: Spinning – 1 hour
Tuesday: 2.75 miles & Tone It Up! – 20 minutes
Wednesday: Spinning – 1 hour
Thursday: Pilates – 40 minutes
Friday: 2 miles
Saturday: Light Gardening – 2 hours

As you can see, I did a lot of lower body cardio in the beginning of the week and I think going forward I need to take at least a days rest in between.  My 2 mile run was originally planned for Thursday, so I decided to give my legs a rest and push it back a day.  When I actually ran on Friday, I felt off.  It was like I couldn’t breathe properly and I felt ultra fatigued, so I cut my run short my 10 minutes.  After injuring myself earlier in the year, I’ve learned that I need to listen to my body and not push myself too hard.

As you can see, yesterday’s activity was some light gardening.  I planted my vegetable garden in early May and my tomato plants have taken off!  We had to build taller structures to support the plants as the tomatoes get bigger.  I have some great early tomatoes coming in as well as Sun Golds, which are my favorite variety of small tomatoes.  They are like candy when they’re ripe!

My Growing Garden!

Not Yet Ripe Sun Gold Tomatoes

My carrots are also ready for picking!!  There is nothing like fresh picked carrots.  The smell alone is amazing.  Because I have a raised bed garden, the carrots don’t get too long, but they are still amazing.  Look at these two that grew around each other!

I am so excited that my garden is turning out really well this year.  I also have green bell peppers planted that have just started flowering and two varieties of heirloom tomatoes that will hopefully be starting soon.  Last year was a bit of a dud from all of the early summer rain, so this is much more promising.

One other thing I did this week is sign up for the Lose a Marathon Challenge.  My original goal was to lose 20 pounds in the next 6 months before the marathon, but why not try for 26.2??  The last day to sign up is tomorrow if you are interested.  There is a great support group doing this and I hope finally I will be able to achieve my weight loss goal!

Let me know how your week went in the comments below…I love to hear from you!  Have a fantastically healthy and active week!