This has been a week of gorgeous produce – from my own garden and from the local farm we get all of our vegetables from. Earlier this spring, my husband and I decided to invest in a local farmer and bought a co-op share in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm.
BEST DECISION EVER!!!
Their prices are great. Their produce is awesome. We pick up on Tuesdays at the Independence River Park, but you can pick up on Saturdays. This week I spaced out and forgot to go get our stuff. The next day there was a knock at the door. The great lady delivered it to my door! They are at the farmer’s markets down at the park if you didn’t get in on the co-op deal and just wanted some great stuff.
Every Tuesday we trade our empty bag for a full of the the harvest from this shared garden. For example, this week we got 2 egg plant, zucchini, plums, potatoes, tomatoes, basil, onion, beets, leaf lettuce, yellow summer squash, sweet bell peppers and blackberries. Sometimes we get fresh whole wheat bread, garlic, eggs, Marion berries, a cactus of some sort, green beans, red potatoes, cucumbers, and blue berries.
Our own garden is going crazy with burp-less cucumbers, lemon cucumbers, tomatoes, market more cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, strawberries and raspberries. We are don with the leaf lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, and peas. We are hoping to get green beans and to plant leaf greens for a fall harvest. Our grapes are doing well too.
That’s the cool thing about living in a valley where things grow. There is plenty of produce to go around. I give some of it away because I can’t eat all the vegetables at fast!
Here is what I made out of the bountiful harvest this week:
Ratatouille, salad and beets.
Cucumber salad with tomatoes and onion dressed with vinegar.
Green salad! tons and tons and tons!!!
Zucchini Fritter – tasty but they made my tummy hurt. I think it’s because it’s been months since I fried something. I won’t do that again.
A weird version of Tofu Pad Thai. I used cabbage, green onions, carrots, and rice noodles.
And a pot of Cabbage soup that lasted for meals on end with things from the gardens – cabbage, zucchini, kale, carrots, tomatoes, onions, garlic, celery, green beans and white beans. (I had to borrow a picture from the internet because I forgot to take one. It looks about the same). I have enough soup in the refrigerator to last me through the rest of the week. LOL.
I added plums, watermelon, black berries, strawberries and bananas to the mix and that is what I had all week.
Oh, I did got out to lunch with a friend. I had a salad. It had chicken. It was the first chicken I have eaten since June. I can’t say I liked it. After so many weeks and days without animal products as food I have noticed that things sit differently in my gut now.
I also think it’s time for me to do the whole 7 day salad cleanse thing… the salad only thing I did at the beginning of this journey. Made I will give it a couple weeks… Labor Day kick off. You can join me.
If you choose to join me I’d recommend reading Dr Fuhrman’s books Eat to Live and The End of Dieting. You can find them on Amazon at
Also, I find Hello Nutritarian Inspiring! Her pictures making eating this way so interesting! Much more appetizing than my own pictures!
Tomorrow is Thought Tuesday… an ECLIPSE Report!