May 17, 2011

My First CSA Produce Box {and a pesto recipe}

You may remember from a few posts back
that I was looking into a local CSA.

If you're not familiar with CSA, it stands for Community Supported Agriculture
and it's a really great program.

Basically, you {as the customer} give a local farmer money up front at the beginning of the farming season,
and in return,
you receive a box of fresh produce each week for the entire season!

I was trying to decide between a few local farms,
when a friend of mine
{who happens to have a gigantic garden}
offered to be my 'farmer' and supply me with a weekly box of fresh, local, organic produce!
I couldn't turn her down
{I mean, could you?!}
and today was the day I received my very first box of produce!

Take a peek at the goodies I got:

yes, those are eggs
from chickens that aren't genetically altered, or crammed in some nasty hen house or fed disgusting food
{ok, you get the idea}
these eggs are from happy, healthy, free chickens
and I couldn't be happier to give them to my family!

So, there's celery, red and green lettuce, spinach, broccoli, eggs, kale and a lemon!
Along with some herbs too:
basil, thyme, oregano and sage!

I'm seriously so excited to keep getting amazing produce like this all season!

Since I already had part of a container of basil, I combined it with my fresh basil and made pesto!

Here's the recipe
{I didn't measure anything, so these aren't exact measurements...}

1 1/2 cups basil
1/2 cup nuts {I used hazelnuts, but you could use traditional pine nuts or whatever kind you have}
1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
2 garlic cloves
about 4 tablespoons olive oil
a dash of salt
a tablespoon or two of water {optional}

Place all ingredients in a food processor, leaving out the olive oil and water. Once the food processor is on, stream in the olive oil until the pesto is at a consistency you like. This is where you can add in some water to help your olive oil go a little further.

And that's it!
Fresh, homemade pesto...easy as that!

I also think this would have been great with a little squeeze of lemon too!

I roasted a bunch of veggies last night, so tonight I threw the left over ones in with some quinoa and pesto for a whole new meal!

I can't wait to try out new recipes with all of my fresh produce!
Yay for supporting locally grown!

If you want to locate a CSA in your area, check out this website!

1 comment:

Jesse said...

I have never even heard of a CSA! What a great idea! I really admire how hard you try to ensure that you and your family are eating healthy :) Thanks for sharing!

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