Whoo hoo! It’s CSA time again! Time to shrug off winter’s recipe rut and reign spring’s exuberance with bi-monthly boxes of vegetables (and hopefully meat).

This year’s CSA is from Brooklyn Beet CSA. Brooklyn Beet provides veggie shares from Angel Family Farm, a sustainable farm located in Orange County, NY that was created with the support of GrowNYC’s New Farmer Development Project; fruit shares from Hepworth Family Farm, a 250-acre NOFA-certified seventh-generation family farm in Milton, NY; baked goods from Wild Mountain Bread based in Brooklyn; and a wide variety of grass-fed beef, pasture raised pork, and other products (like other meats, cheeses, bread, flour, grains, lax-fermented vegetables, pastas and other pantry goods) from Lewis Waite Farm, which sources from over 35 local family farms.

I purchased a half share, and will be getting a box containing 6-8 vegetables (about 2 bags worth) every other week from June – October (11 shares), and plan on ordering a carnivore share box from Lewis Waite (4-6 lbs. of meat) for pickup each veggie week. I also purchased a “Challenger Share” for the season (6 deliveries total) containing odd bits like animal fats, organ meats, neck bones, shanks, and rendered lard to stretch my culinary skills. The price of my CSA averages out to $25.50 per share for veggies, plus an additional $45 per pickup week for meat/offal. This total will be accounted for in my weekly Adventures In Budget Paleo Cooking posts.

You would think by now that I’d be used to flying blind when it comes to CSA season, since they rarely seem to post previews of upcoming shares, but I’m not. At least not going into this first week. Pickup this year is on Tuesday, so it looks like another summer of alltheveggies for half a week & utilizing the stragglers before they go bad on Mondays and Tuesdays. Such is the life of a CSA devotee. Boom and bust every week (or every other week, in my case).


Brooklyn Beets 2015 CSA Box 8

1 bunch kale
1 bunch espazote
1 bunch lemongrass
1 bunch radishes
4 ears corn
4 onions
17 serrano peppers
10 roma tomatoes

Lewis Waite Meat Share Box 7

1/2 chicken
0.96 lb. lamb blade steaks
1 lb. ground turkey
1 lb. ground pork

Lewis Waite Challenger Share 4

2 lamb shanks

How I Used My Share

I served the leftover smoked shoulder bacon from last box in a hash with eggs, sweet potatoes and serrano peppers.

I treated the pork to Thai-inspired flavors and made a hearty dinner bowl with lemongrass, corn and onion.

I broiled the lamb steaks and served alongside some non-CSA green beans.

I turned the ground turkey into a puttanesca-inspired meaty ragu, using eggplant and tomato in my dish as well.

I threw hand fulls of espazote into quite a few dishes.

I made another big bowl featuring the kale, plus some ground beef and non-CSA brussels sprouts.

I used 2 serranos in pretty much everything I made.

Most of the lemongrass dried up before I used it.

I lost quite a few tomatoes, as well.

Leftovers: Lamb kidneys, lamb riblets, lamb shanks, half a chicken, a few radishes, a few serrano peppers, and a few onions

My Favorite Dish From This Box

This week, my favorite has to be the smoked shoulder bacon and sweet potato hash I made. It was creamy, sweet, hearty, savory, and smoky – delicious.