Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Full Sun Farm CSA First Week!

When I wrote in Monday's post that I was hoping for greens from my first box from Full Sun Farm, I could not have anticipated this bounty:

Here's what we got:

Oak Leaf Lettuce, 1 head
Spinach, 1/2 lb.
Rainbow Chard, 1 bunch
Green Kale, 1 bunch
Green Onions, 1 bunch
Bok Choy
Strawberries, 1 pint
Cornmeal, 1 1/2 lbs.

Strawberries! Already?! How is it possible? I had to sit on my other hand while I was driving home so as not to eat the whole pint before my husband and son could have some.

This is the first year (this is my 4th year with this farm) that the farmers are offering cornmeal they milled themselves and I am altering my menu plan tonight to include this delicious recipe for cornbread.

1/2 cup rye flour (whole wheat flour is okay too)
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk (or regular milk, or yogurt)
3 tbsp vegetable oil or butter, melted
1/2 cup molasses
2 whole eggs or 3 egg whites
3/4 cup raisins, chopped dates, or currants

Preheat oven to 350 and grease and flour a bread pan. Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl; whisk the wet ingredients in a second bowl. Pour wet ingredients into the dry and stir quickly to combine. Stir in the fruits. Transfer to the prepared bread pan and bake for 45 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes in pan before turning out onto a rack or serving.

I am in heaven! I'd love to hear that you are also enjoying some SOLE (sustainable, organic, local and ethical) food! Please share what you have in your CSA box or what you're hoping to find at your local farmers' market this week!

This post is also my contribution to Fight Back Fridays found at the wonderful Food Renegade.


colleen said...

Hi! We have not received our first csa basekt yet-very cold and rainy spring here in Portland. Your share sounds delicious and amazing!!! Is Vanessa one of the farmers at Full Sun? I did the Univ of Calif farm and garden apprenticeship with a woman named Vanessa who moved to Asheville to farm-I think Full Sun is her farm.. Another connection-it is a truly small world. Enjoy the bounty!!!
PS I adore Ruthie, too!

Angela Barton said...

Man- that photo just made me go to my inbox and immediately send out an email to my friend who was looking into our local CSA- I want in!!

Enjoy all those greens!

FOO said...

@Colleen - It is the same Vanessa!!! This is getting spooky...

@Angela - Yes, you must! The friend Colleen mentioned lives in Santa Cruz and I am so envious of the boxes she gets *all* year round!

Angela Barton said...

I'm in our local CSA!! You were my inspiration. And I'm thrilled! You won't believe this- the box will be delivered to our house every monday! And yes, it's year-round.
There's going to be cherries this week- my mouth is watering...

Thanks Stacey for your inspirational lifestyle...

Stacey said...

Thanks SO much, Angela! Of course I love that you you credit me with the inspiration, but most of all I am excited for YOU and all the bounty you will enjoy!

I'd love it if you'd continue to document what you are getting - cherries!!!!

Alas, we have (to my knowledge) no good local sources of cherries so I will continue to look forward to what we *do* have - incredible berries, watermelons and peaches!

Angela Barton said...

I'm going to take a photo and write a post about it when our first box arrives tomorrow. Then we're having friends over to sample the goodies!

I love cherries, but berries and peaches are my absolute favorite, so you've got those covered.

Oh, and I made the mayo today! I couldn't believe how easy it was, and it totally worked in the blender. I feel like a pioneer woman (with a blender-ha!)

Stacey said...

I can't wait to see the blog pics!

And I'm SO glad the mayo worked - I wouldn't have thought it possible in the blender, so a special thanks to the Food Renegade!