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This Saturday 5/5 is Carrollton’s annual arts and craft festival. It’s Mayfest!

Come visit the Farmers Fresh CSA store on the square and enjoy lots of other fun events and vendors from all over the Southeast.

Mayfest runs from 9:30 to 4:30. For more information, visit http://www.carrolltonmainstreet.com/mayfest.php.



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Here’s what came from Farmers’ Fresh this week.


Strawberries make life good. Especially when they look like cartoon whales.


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Is it too early to declare 2012 Year of Spinach?

I have still have spinach from last week, so I just threw in the towel and blanched this batch and what I had. It’s now frozen and awaiting further instruction – like jump in this creamy pasta dish.

Tuscan kale, on the other hand, I never get enough of.

Kale is high in iron, and I was deferred from giving blood last week on account of my iron being low. That’s low for giving blood, not low in general. The blood donation cut-off excludes the “low-normal” range for women. But, hey, it’s an excuse to eat more kale. And cheeseburgers at the Vortex.

Strawberries are always tasty. And pretty.


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Here’s a report from my second to last CSA deliviery:


I am a gush-o-phobe, so I like my berries frozen. Freezing fruit (and then thawing it slightly) turns it into a delicious, non-gushy treat. To keep the berries separate when frozen, I wash, stem, and half them and then freeze them on a cookie sheet for a few hours before transferring them to a bag.

Frozen fruit also works great for pancakes, muffins, and smoothies. Our smoothie recipe is a banana, a handful or two of frozen fruit, and about a cup of plain yogurt. It usually needs a splash of milk or water, too, to make the mixture liquid enough to blend. So yummy!

Salad fixings and greens

radishes and greens

The radish greens were nice-looking enough that I saved them to sauté. But then I didn’t get around to it, so they ended up in the bucket anyway. (more…)

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This week, we got a bunch of yummy stuff from our CSA.

greens onions and a leek (or possibly a giant green onion?)

Red Russian kale


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Check out this week’s haul…

Tomato and arugula

Sometimes, I find arugula overpowering, but this is wonderful stuff. I’m currently cooking down the tomato with some garlic, olive oil, and wine. Tonight, we’re going to have tomato, arugula, and goat cheese pizza. (more…)

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It’s spring!! It’s thundering outside, everything’s getting green, and our goldfish made an appearance at the top of our pond today.

In other critter news, yesterday I was driving home from picking up my box of vegetables when I came across an enormous snapping turtle in the middle of the road. Someone else had already stopped to try to get him to safety. But, you know what? Snapping turtles don’t like being helped. Really don’t like it.

A couple stopped and offered to take him to a nearby lake behind their house. If we could only get him into their trunk without sacrificing fingers to the cause. So I dumped my veggies out in my front seat. We loaded him into the box, and off he went on a new adventure.

If you’re wondering how big he was, the CSA box was only just big enough to hold him.

Enough of turtles… how ’bout some veggies?

radishes, a few radish greens, and pea shoots


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Here’s what came in this week’s Farmers Fresh box:

lettuce, Brussels sprouts, and acorn squash


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Here’s what arrived in our CSA box earlier this month:

green beans, yellow squash, and tomato

Seems like summer, huh? We cooked the green beans Southern-style and stir-fried the squash in some local corn meal.

Where’s the tomato? Glad you asked. This was Wednesday’s lunch…

Local lettuce and tomato + Chik-fil-a = happy lunchtime for Chris and Susan.

This eating better, eating local thing doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Take-out pizza or roasted chicken from Publix with local veggies is also a good combo. (more…)

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Here’s what came in the box two weeks ago from Farmers Fresh. I was unable to post sooner due to technical difficulties, but the delay lets me include updates on how we really used our goodies. (And makes me realize that, over five years of doing this, I’ve gotten a lot better at realistically predicting what’s going to happen in my kitchen.)



It’s nice to have lovely lettuce for salads during this crazy-warm winter. When winter is cold, I don’t crave salad so much, but it’s all good this year. The bigger leaves could also be used as wraps if one were so inclined. I went ahead and washed and spun all of this. It’s in the salad spinner in the fridge awaiting further instruction. (more…)

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