Saturday, June 4, 2011

Week 12 - Options

The farmer's market is just bursting with options these days, and it's lots of fun.  On Tuesday each week, we receive an email from our CSA that tells us what will be in the box when we pick it up on Saturday.  That gives me a few days to look around for recipes and otherwise get inspired.  Now that summer is nearly upon us, the real fun has started to occur AFTER visiting the market on Saturday morning - after picking up the box, confirming our week's choices (they let us swap out up to two items for other available items), and evaluating selections available from other farms.  Since it feels like more and more of our shopping is occurring at the farmer's market, I thought it might be fun to start showing both what's in our box for the week, as well as the other ingredients that we pick up while we're there. 

In the box this week
(top) Spinach, Lettuce, Kale
(bottom) Green Beans, Sweet Onions, Pickling Cucumbers, Dill, Navel Oranges, Lemons, Blackberries, Strawberries

Meal plan for the week
Weekend fun: peach jam, plain yogurt (try #2, using our first attempt as the starter)
Sunday: Headed over to our friends' house for dinner bringing Strawberry Spinach salad and peach and Blackberry crisp
Monday: Kale, potato and Sweet Onion frittata
Tuesday: Chinese chicken salad (using Lettuce, Sweet Onions and Oranges) and sesame Green Beans
Wednesday: Pork shoulder with cherry sauce
Thursday: turkey burgers with fresh Garlic Dill pickles (made the day before using this week's Pickling Cucumbers and last week's left over Green Garlic)

Other farmer's market purchases
Pork shoulder and eggs from our meat & dairy CSA, peaches, strawberries, blackberries, cherries

I'm really excited about this week's meals; with a bounty like this, who wouldn't be. 

P.S. If this is your first time at Year in a Box, read this to learn more about what our family is up to! 
This week's title is inspired by the song of the same name by Gomez.

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