Greens of Plenty

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! First order of business, an apology. Turns blogging is like flossing – you really need to do it regularly to reap all the benefits. (Reminds me – I should really floss more). Anyway, it has been a while, but I’m so excited to be back! To ease myself in, this will be a non-traditional post. Don’t worry, I’m currently amassing a nice array of posts about actually dining out, but for now, I’m making a fuss about my new best friend: a weekly CSA!

My friend Michelle and I decided to go halfsies on a weekly CSA program from Smucker Farms of Lancaster County. The Smucker CSA is so fabulous because it brings together many different Amish and Mennonite farms working cooperatively. Although our CSA is only fruit and veggies, we can always pick up meats, cheeses, and other local items (like Gordy’s Pickles and chocolate chip cookies from Blind Dog Cafe) from their store on 14th street, which serves as the pickup spot. From now until November, we’ll pick up a box every Friday, and halve the bounty for the week! The price is right, as is the convenience factor (I love when other people shop for me!), but more than anything, we’re very excited about the thrill of new ingredients which we would never pick out ourselves. (I’m looking at you, bok choy!) So far we’ve been inundated with greens, but as the summer progresses, we’ll have a much bigger variety. So, without further ado, a week of CSA meals!

Obviously not too much effort went into this meal, but it was delicious all the same! Mixed green salad with radishes and scallions, with raisin challah toast!

Obviously not too much effort went into this meal, but it was delicious all the same! Mixed green salad with radishes and scallions, with raisin challah toast!

Absolutely gorgeous swiss chard (with stalk) sauteed with lots of garlic and scallions with  a simple olive oil and pecorino romano sauce over linguine.

Absolutely gorgeous swiss chard (with stalk) sauteed with lots of garlic and scallions with a simple olive oil and pecorino romano sauce over linguine.

Got over my fears of bok choy and sauteed it up with mushrooms, ginger and garlic in olive oil and butter. Add a roasted chicken thigh for some protein, and you've got a very comforting, filling meal!

Got over my fears of bok choy and sauteed it up with mushrooms, ginger and garlic in olive oil and butter. Add a roasted chicken thigh for some protein, and you’ve got the quintessential “comfort food” meal.

Finally, a luscious bibb lettuce salad with radishes, scallions, and roasted almonds, roasted asparagus, and topped with lemon juice, olive oil and a liberal dash of salt and pepper!

Finally, a luscious bibb lettuce salad with radishes, almonds, scallions, and roasted asparagus, and tossed with lemon juice, olive oil and a liberal dash of salt and pepper!

I’ll be back soon with a post about dining out in DC! Now, go floss, everyone!