2nd CSA Box and Spring Veggie Pasta Recipe

 
My second CSA box from Wild Things Farm was AMAZING.  They have a “pick your own” strawberry patch….and BOY are those things yummy.  I got like 4 quarts of strawberries, a head of lettuce, a bag of spinach, a bag of carrots (REALLY yummy carrots!), a bag of spring onions, 2 bags of purple asparagus (recipe for that coming next!), along with some cilantro and rosemary.
I’m LOVING the CSA boxes.  I decided to make a spring veggie pasta for my lunches with some of the produce.
Spring Veggie Pasta

Ingredients: (makes 2 servings…double it if you want to feed more people)
-2 oz dry wheat pasta (I used Ezekiel spaghetti)
-handful of spinach, hand torn into pieces
-3 spring onions (like green onions, but the bulbs seem bigger) chopped
-4 medium carrots- peeled and then ribboned (I used a veggie pasta contraption…but you could just use your peeler to make ribbons)
-6 spears of asparagus ribboned
-2 tbsp coconut oil
-2 tbsp butter
-2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
-salt, pepper, garlic, herbs (I used dill that I had from the last CSA box)
Boil the pasta and drain it.  While the pasta is still warm and cooling, add the spinach to wilt.
In a saute pan, add coconut oil, veggies, and spices/herbs.  Cook until soft.
Combine pasta, veggies, butter, and cheese.  Enjoy!  It’s a great way to eat a bunch of veggies in a light flavorful sauce.  

1st CSA Box and Cabbage Stir Fry

I am SO excited about this weekly produce box.  I signed up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box from Wild Things Farm just over the Oklahoma border.  Wild Things Farm is actually in Pocola, just about 10 minutes from Fort Smith.  I signed up that I was interested in the CSA program back in the fall, and I got an email weeks ago offering me to join.
I jumped on it!  For my first year, it’s $22/week.  I think returning members get a discount at $20/week.
We got our first box on Monday!
It came LOADED with veggies.  It came in a big reuseable box.  We bring the box back with us next week to trade out.
 We had the option, in our email from the farm, to add some herbs to our box this week.  I asked for dill and garlic chives (there was also cilantro and marjoram available).
There were two BIG bags of beautiful, fresh purple asparagus, a bag of butter crunch lettuce, and a bag of kale (hello kale chips!)
There was also a bag full of carrots (gotta find out what to do with the carrot tops!), a bag of spinach, and some spring onions.
This was a GIANT head of napa cabbage.
The email from the farm also said they had mustard and collard greens available, but I wanted to hold off and see how much stuff we were getting before we got in too deep.  I want to be able to use all the produce we get.
So…I used some the produce to make a cabbage stir fry.
I used about 6 cups of chopped cabbage, one spring onion chopped, and 2 carrots shaved with the peeler.  I sauteed them in some oil and garlic.  I sprinkled it with ginger, pepper, and soy sauce.  I added in some brown rice and scrambled an egg. 
I added about a tablespoon of store bought stir fry sauce and we devoured it!
 It was fresh, light, healthy, and locally grown.  I know we are supposed to get at least 9 more CSA boxes this season.  I can’t wait to see what other yummy things are coming our way!