First CSA Haul! (And what I’ll do with it.)

Last night we had some wicked weather. Rain, thunderstorms, a tornado – even a waterspout in the Chesapeake Bay. Amidst all this, two dear friends of mine welcomed a brand-new baby son into the world. Ari, child of thunderstorms, is destined to be a superhero.

Overnight the sky cleared, the temperature dropped back from unseasonable highs, and today dawned perfect. All the windows are open, and everything smells fresh and clean and slightly mulchy. A farmer’s-marketing I went!

First up, we have a lovely bunch of arugula.


Next, five of the largest scallions I’ve ever seen (they must each be over a foot long):


And beets. I don’t know that I’ve ever willingly eaten a beet. These still have the dirt from the farm on them – you can tell they’re fresh!Image

Strawberries (not from the CSA but who could resist? They come with their own hairnet.).


A head of broccoli that came with two inchworms as a bonus. At least they looked like happy inchworms. I liberated one outside and the other went down the sink by accident.


Swiss chard:


Finally, romaine:


Not pictured: some homemade pasta and a small pack of Russian tea cakes. The samples get me every time. I was hoping for homemade cheese but that vendor wasn’t there. I really should get around to making some before too long.

So what am I going to do with all this stuff? The arugula, chard, and beets (roasted) will go on the pasta with some chicken. It’ll make me the envy of the lunchroom. I think the romaine will be for sandwiches, and the scallions, at least some of them, will find their way into eggs. Roasted broccoli will make a nice side for sandwiches.

What else can I do with this stuff? Are beet greens edible?