Hello Darlings! While it snows and temperatures are dropping all over the country, Southern Florida's growing season has just begun! And that means La Diva gets her weekly farm share or CSA (community supported agriculture)
Back in July, I paid my fave local farmers money to buy seeds and supplies to grow the crops. Later in the year when they start to harvest the crops, I get a weekly share. The down side is that if there are high winds, hurricanes or any damage to the crops, we all take the hit (but so do the farmers.) However, if all goes well, I get fresh, farm picked vegetables from farms within 100 miles of my home every week that are delivered to a convenient location. I get to eat what's in season but also farm fresh produce. Another benefit is I get to try unusual fruits or vegetables that are not normally available to me at the local grocer! Last year I tried sugar cane, black sapote and canistel fruit for the first time!
Last year, I started my CSA for the first time and decided to challenge myself by eating what was only in the fridge, freezer or pantry with my farm box and ONLY going to the market if it was absolutely necessary! This was an amazing challenge as it allowed me to clean out my pantry of a ton of food that I had been storing and also saved me quite a bit of money and cut down significantly on food waste! It also really got my creative juices flowing! (You can see all of last year's recipe ideas if you click on the CSA side link to the right) I urge you to give it a shot because if you are anything like La Diva, you've probably got a lot of food in your pantry that could be utilized or have forgotten about!
This year, I've decided that when I get my box, I'm going to try to think of a number of dishes I can make with the items and post them with updates on the dishes I make throughout the week. That way if any of my local readers want some inspiration on what to do with their farm shares after they pick them up, they can come to my site for ideas or add their own in the comments section!
Margie, of Bee Heaven Farms has started her own blog! Click on the link above to take you to her site. Her farm is in the "Redland" in Southern Florida and is about 40 miles southwest of Miami Beach!
Here's what La Diva got in her box today:
- Green beans
- Braising greens mixture (mizuna, tatsoi, kale, raab and more)
- Green pepper
- Green chard
- Piper Betel leaves
- Thai basil
- Cherry tomato
Here are my ideas for dinner this week:
- Vegan dinner of Betel Leaf Salad with shredded Carrot and Thai green curry with tofu, eggplant, green peas, water chestnut and Thai basil
- Risotto with green chard and sun-dried tomato chicken sausage
- Fish baked en papillote with garlic tomato sauce served over braised greens on quinoa
- Chinese pepper "steak" using chicken breasts instead
I'll use the green beans as a side or cold in a salad and the cukes and tomatoes will go into our dinner salads. I just CAN'T WAIT to use the betel leaves! I've seen them in Thai and Malaysian restaurants in Australia but its the first time I saw them here!If any of you have any of your own ideas, post 'em here! I CAN'T WAIT for your comments! Ciao for now, darlings!cooking class, cocktails, parties, cocktail party, Miami, coral gables, events, bartending class, cocktail class, Laura Lafata, Miami Beach, miami cooking classes, bachelorette parties, bachelorette party, personal chef, corporate events, catering, personal chef, party entertainment