Good morning, all and I hope you had a wonderful weekend. To those moms out there, I hope your children told you how much they love and appreciate you for doing the hardest job in the world. I’m excited to report to work come September 🙂
It was a nice weekend around these parts… you know, the typical…
Bouncing around with Joey
Hanging out with Monkey Man
Laughing with the llamas
And trying to steal a baby goat.
You know, the usual.
But the exciting part was the fact that this weekend was my first CSA pick-up!
Excited doesn’t quite describe it- I was giddy! Our pick up location is at the Davidson Farmers Market, which I’ve confirmed is my happy place. Downtown Davidson was bustling on Saturday, and a festival was going on across the street. I joined all the 5 year olds in playing in the petting zoo before meeting Suzanne and picking up my treasures.
Check out the goods!
Fresh lettuce greens, picked yesterday. Baby spinach, also picked yesterday. A variety of potatoes, including SWEET potatoes, a bundle of onions and what is that in the middle? Strawberries??
Oh yes, fresh-off-the-vine ORGANIC strawberries. I think I had forgotten what a real strawberry tasted like. These little beauties were ripe and bursting with sweet flavor. I almost gobbled them all up instantly.
I love my CSA because everything in it is organic AND local. That’s hard to find. Also, for everything I scored on Saturday, the pick-up was only counted as a half share because she felt like she wasn’t able to give us enough fresh produce. Is this real life? The quality of the strawberries alone are worth $20.
***Tip: Strawberries are the only fruit that don’t ripen after being picked. So don’t buy strawberries that are still partially green- they won’t ripen. Also, these small gems have a million times more flavor than the strawberries that are oversized, pumped up with fertilizer and excess water***
Since everything is real, and isn’t pre-washed, a bit of prep is necessary so little friends like this one don’t make it into your mouth.
But a rinsing soak and a good patting
and your fresh greens are ready to go!
I couldn’t help myself and had to dive right in…
to a fresh spinach salad with strawberries, goat cheese and pine nuts.
The flavor difference between local and organic and grocery store quality is unreal. Night and day.
Have you been to your farmers market yet?
What’s the best find you’ve found thus far?