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allandale farm csa, week 12

We missed last weeks CSA due to late work nights, but this week we picked up some great stuff!

Tomato and beet season is over for us, but the radishes are in full force!  And, they are spicy and delicious.

Radishes

Potatoes

Leeks

Carrots

Basil

Lettuce

Garlic

Cupcakes?! What ARE these?  Is it this baby lettuce we got?

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allandale farm csa, week 11

Week 11?  We are about half way through our summer/fall CSA at Allandale Farm.  The summer goes by so quickly!

This week we got some fun vegetables, my favorites being the red carrots, shallots and entire bag of tomatoes!!!

Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes

Peppers

Eggplant

Arugula

Summer Squash

Garlic

Shallots

Red Carrots

Beets

Potatoes

Leeks

Corn

My plan is to make some Potato Leek soup this weekend using our potatoes and leeks from the past two weeks!  And, our homemade veggie broth.

homemade vegetable broth

I absolutely love our CSA.  It helps out the farmers and we get freshly grown produce each week for a fraction of what I would be paying at the grocery store.  However, sometimes when we are away on the weekends, we end up with some extras!

I don’t want those extras (mostly carrots, celery and onions) to go to waste, so tonight I put the past 2 weeks of celery, carrots and onions together to make a homemade vegetable broth!

My plan is to make some soup this weekend, which I will be needing this broth for, so it was perfect timing.

Homemade Vegetable Broth

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound celery
  • 1 pound carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 16 whole peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce

Directions:

Start by washing and chopping your vegetables.

While chopping, add a few tablespoons of olive oil to a large stockpan over medium-low heat.  When each veggie is done being chopped, throw it in the pan and let it sizzle a bit.

Celery

Into the pot it goes…

Onion, very roughly chopped

Carrots, both orange and red

Did you know that red carrots are really orange on the inside?

Throw it all into the pot,

along with 3 cloves of galic (make sure you take off the peel),

16 peppercorns, give or take,

and 1 bay leaf.

Now, add 1 gallon of filtered water.

Turn up the heat and bring the water to a boil.  Then, cover and cook over medium-low heat for 1 hour.

After 1 hour, your broth will look more like this:

That means you did it right!!

Now, add your salt and soy sauce and any other seasonings you may want to add (taste it here to figure it out) and simmer for another 15-20 minutes so the flavors come out.

I cooked my veggie broth in a strainer pot, so that I could do this at the end instead of pouring the broth into a strainer.

It worked quite nicely.  I was left with a strainer full of veggies and a pot full of homemade broth!!

Discard, compost or blend your leftover veggies into a soup.  Unfortunately, mine went down the drain…

But, I was left with a delicious homemade veggie broth to add to my homemade soup this weekend.

Delicious!  And, very much worth the wait.

allandale farm csa, week 10

We spent the weekend with friends for a wedding in Maine.  It was a gorgeous weekend and we all had a blast!

I realized that I never did a post on our CSA goodies from last week, so I wanted to get this in before picking up this weeks goodies tomorrow.

We got a few different things last week that I didn’t have a chance to play around with yet.  Hopefully this week!

Baby Leeks

Tomatoes

Carrots

Beets

Eggplant

Red Potatoes

Peppers

Zucchini

Cucumbers

Corn

We get so many delicious fresh vegetables every week!  I will be sad in a few months when our CSA ends.

allandale farm csa, week 9

We got quite the variety this week.  Many things we have received in the past, but some new as well.

I seem to have a vegetable overload in my house right now, so my plan is to make a delicious vegetable stock and some pickles very soon!  We also have a surplus of beets!  I’m thinking of cooking and then freezing them to use in juice later on.

Watercress

Arugula

Cherry Tomatoes

Hybrid Tomatoes

Eggplant

Peppers

Carrots

Beets

Corn

Garlic

Celery

Zucchini

Cucumber

Pickling Cucumbers

Another great week.  I’m going to be sad in October when this CSA ends!