About two months ago, I started to look up options for CSA’s in my area. I’ve wanted to join a CSA for a while, but my life the past few years hasn’t been conducive to a weekly fruit/veggie delivery. This was the year and when I found Great Country Farms in Bluemont, Virginia, I knew I had found a winner. There were three options for pick-up/delivery. One, you could go to the farm and pick up your share yourself…this wasn’t for me. Two, you could pick up your share from specific drop off points in the area…again, not for me. Three, you could have it delivered to your door…which was perfect. It was the most expensive option, but the most convenient for me. I signed up and then anxiously awaited June 5th for my first delivery.
Getting home last night and seeing the package in front of my door was like waking up on Christmas morning! I was so excited to see what I received! My half-share had a big bag of kale, some radishes, squash, spring onions, sweet cherries, a basil plant, a garlic scape, and a bag of unidentified greens. I’ve never been so excited to clean veggies in my life!
I took the cherries to work today and munched on them all day long. I will be eating them tomorrow too…so good! Cherries are for sure my favorite fruit right now. I wasn’t sure what to do with the rest, but luckily the farm emailed us about this shipment and they provided a recipe. It looked simple, used three of the items in my share, and sounded delicious. I was game. I invited my friend Sarah over and set out to make some Greens Pizza!
This pizza was delicious! I took the garlic scape and sautéed it in some olive oil. To that, I added kale and salt. Once the kale was softened, I added fresh basil and sun-dried tomatoes. I spread the kale mixture over a thin crust Boboli shell and topped it all with some shredded mozzarella cheese. Baked it until the cheese was golden and melted and delicious. This was a winner of a recipe and I will definitely utilize the farm’s recipes in the future!
Overall, I am super happy with my CSA membership so far! I know it has only been a week, but I’m excited to see what the rest of the summer brings…I know it will be tasty!