Friday, July 31, 2015

Veggie Delight!


If you read yesterday's post, you know that I have been busy. This is what kept me busy yesterday afternoon. I went to a local farm about 20 minutes from my house and picked up a farm share that a very kind friend gave to me to use while she is on vacation. She will be gone for two weeks so I will go to pick up vegetables again next week and I cannot wait! Let me tell you why!

I LOVE VEGETABLES! It would be difficult to come up with a vegetable that I do not like. I guess eggplant would be my least favorite although I will eat it.... and it's a good thing because I have some in this pile of organic vegetables that took up 4 feet of counter space while I was washing them up. I could not believe how much stuff was packed into one box.


I immediately had my eye on that chard. I love greens and I knew that was destined for my dinner plate when I was done washing and scrubbing. Here you can also see pattypan squash, eggplant and peppers. there's more,......way more!


Yummy! Local, fresh carrots, leeks and more chard!


Red leaf lettuce, kale and parsley! Yes, there were some herbs!


As soon as the box was place in the car, I could smell basil and dill. It smelled so good driving home!


I haven't cooked kohlrabi before either but I have eaten it and it is very good!



All washed up and ready to use are  purple and yellow onion, tomatoes, cukes and peppers. I knew one of those tomatoes would be on my dinner plate too! There is nothing like a garden fresh tomato!


Leeks and potatoes, zucchini, patty pans, broccoli and green beans. I may be making some potato leek soup tonight! YUM!

My husband asked me what we were having for dinner. My suggestion was to have a completely vegetarian meal but that idea did not float his boat one little bit so we compromised and he cooked burgers on the grill and I cooked chad and cut up some veggies to go with my burger. I skipped the bun! Note the fresh basil on the fresh tomato! It was delicious.....so was the cuke and the chad was out of this world. I drizzled some apple cider vinegar on it. I ate the leftover chard for lunch today!


YUMMY SUPPER!


I don't have any experience cooking eggplants but I think I may make up a batch of eggplant lasagna and freeze it. I should research it first and make sure it's ok to freeze eggplant. Note the purple pepper at the top. I have never seen this variety of pepper before but my daughter assures me they are sweet and will turn green when cooked.


See that zucchini? there were 3 or 4 of them.....

...and since I have so many veggies to use up or store and very limited space, I decided at almost 8:00 pm last night to make a couple loaves of zucchini bread to use up some squash. It came out of the oven at 9:00 pm! I wrapped up a loaf and tossed it in the freezer and we cut into the other loaf! It was delicious! I had it with coffee this morning! YUM!


So yesterday was a rather long but productive day and it took two posts to tell you about it!

Are you a veggie lover? Do you purchase a farm share from a local farm? I am definitely purchasing a farm share from this organic farm next year! There is an option of purchasing a family share or half share. The box was all packed up for me when I arrived and a very nice young lady carried it out to the car for me. It was heavy!

So now I cannot wait to go again next Thursday! But until then, I have some food prep to do! I don't want to waste one little morsel of this veggie goodness!

PS Thank you Joanne!

6 comments:

  1. Hi Joanne :)

    I love veggies too and try to buy them local when I can, but more often than not, I end up getting them at whole foods, which is still mostly local but not entirely.

    Enjoy your bounty!

    rue

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    1. Hi Rue,
      We don't have a Whole Foods near us but we do have a wonderful co-op with local foods. I think it is much less expensive to purchase a farm share though. We received enough food to feed a small army! Thank you, we are enjoying our bounty!!! Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by!

      Linda

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  2. Oh that all looks so good. I don't know much about freezing or eating eggplant but I did make a Lasagna the other day using an eggplant in place of noodles I sliced it really thin. I had read that it is better if you salt it and leave it to dry out a bit before cooking as it holds moisture (water or oil. ) I filled ours with fresh zucchini sliced thin and fried up but still crisp. It was so yummy. A few of my children would not even try it but my husband and I loved it as did the children who tried it. :) Your box of veggies looked so good.

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    1. Hi Nikki,
      I didn't realize that you leave the noodles out of eggplant lasagna. I am making one today so thanks for the info. Sounds delicious, especially with the added zucchini. I love summer vegetables! I wonder if my husband will like it???? Something tells me I should make a small regular lasagna just in case, lol! Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate it Nikki!

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  3. Hi Linda! I've seen your comments on some of my blog friends blogs and thought I'd stop over and say 'hi'. I've only read a little so far, but you sound like a girl after my own heart, beginning with your love of veggies ;).

    I used to belong to a farm share but it was way too much for just the two of us. This year I had every intention of splitting it with some friends but never got around to it. Life seems to speed by so quickly!

    I'm going to take a look at some of your sewing projects...maybe you can give me some serger tips?! I break out into a rash whenever I look at mine. lol

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    1. Hi Doreen,
      So happy to meet you, thank you so much for stopping by and introducing yourself. I will most definitely come by to visit your blog!

      Yes, we will be purchasing a half a farm share next year as the full share was more than we really needed. I loved getting my boxes full of veggies and using them up in various dishes.

      I would be happy to share my serger tips with you! I must admit that the very thought of threading the machine turned my stomach but I forced myself to do it several times and now I have finally conquered it.

      Anyways, so nice to meet you and thank you for stopping by and for leaving such a lovely comment.
      Linda

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