Posted by: Sally Ingraham | June 15, 2011

Eating from my CSA basket: 1st foray

After my adventure in the kitchen today, I am convinced that this will be an exciting and interesting summer of eating. I joined a CSA for the first time this year, and I have been eagerly anticipating the veggies provided by the hard work and efforts of the members of the Bar Harbor Community Farm. Yesterday was the first pick-up, and I proudly brought home a basket full of lettuce, baby spinach, scallions, potted herbs, bok choy, and what I thought was kale. After some research and picture comparisons though, I came to the conclusion this morning that the mysterious item was perhaps turnip greens. Acting on this guess, I sauteed them in olive oil with some garlic and the last of my dried ramps, a concoction I proceeded to put over toast. So far so good. My inspired effort to then make poached eggs was a hilarious failure. This will have to be attempted again sometime in the future. At least the yokes were good – I wasn’t about to eat the egg white confetti… I therefore present you with my first meal made from my CSA stash (a pretty yummy affair in the end):

Poached eggs and turnip greens on toast, sorta

Next on the menu, bok choy!


  1. I wouldn’t worry too much about the poaching fiasco… I’ve tried many different methods, all to great failure! Doesn’t matter whether it’s Alton Brown, Jacques Pepin, or Julia Child, I can’t get my egg whites to do anything but disintegrate…

    • At least it’s always a “great” failure…! I feel like I have a poaching pan stored away somewhere – some gadget for making poached eggs bought in the midst of my love affair with eggs Benedict, never used. Must dig it out. Have you ever used such a thing?

  2. I’m so envious! I’d like to order organic food. This was possible a few years back, they would deliver it but I cannot find any anymore in our town. Picking them up would be an option… It all sounds very delicious.

    • I’m giddy about the ease with which I will have access to the veg this summer – once a week, a whole basket of farm fresh food. Not to make you more jealous or anything…! CSAs are such an ingenious idea, especially for us folks who are lazy about doing our own gardening. I still have the 15 more weeks to decide for sure, but I’m pretty convinced that I’ll be making a yearly habit of this!

  3. You make me nostalgic for our CSA…we dropped out during the winter & keep forgetting to join again. I’m not super enthusiastic about food as a rule, but getting those baskets made meal planning fun! (At least, until the 6th basket in a row dominated by parsnips…that was a little much.) Ours came with fresh bread in addition to the veggies, and also a dairy product that was sometimes fresh butter…we would just stand at the kitchen sink and eat the whole loaf immediately upon opening the box. 🙂

    • Those are the last two slices of a loaf of bread my Mom brought for me when she visited over the weekend – mmm, wish I had the time and inclination to make bread all the time! Hot out of the oven it is indeed worth standing over the sink and devouring. I imagine the winter veggies would get a bit tiring – I’m anticipating a few weeks of zucchini overload. I envision a bit of grating and freezing for future zucchini muffins…!

  4. Don’t forget chocolate zucchini bread. It is amazing especially with chocolate chips!

    • I won’t forget – I need to go back through Leila’s blog and find a recipe that she posted last summer. It sounded yummy!

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