We just sent in our paperwork for this year's CSA season. We had such a great experience last year with Harmony Valley Farm, they've allowed us to try many new things & learn to eat much more seasonably.
For those of you who aren't familiar with it, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Basically, you pay for a "share" in a farm in your area & you receive a portion of what they grow. Most farms allow you to receive a whole or half box or in the case of our farm we have a half share where we get a whole box every other week. There is a little risk in that just like the farmer you are dependent on Mother Nature. Our farm has flooded the last two years & some crops were lost but we still feel like we really got our moneys worth.
For those of you in colder climates, like here in Minnesota, now is the time to sign up for this year's share. If you are looking for a CSA in your area, or even just a Farmer's Market, I recommend Local Harvest which allows you to search by your zip code. Many farms offer shares in things other than vegetables. Our farm also offers meat, coffee, fruit & cheese.
On to Menu Planning Monday...
Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Hot Pockets - No, we aren't resorting to frozen hot pockets. We'll be making our own with using puff pastry as a crust
Wild Rice Hotdish - I'll be messing around with another hotdish, this time with wild rice & ground beef.
My secret dish for this month's Royal Foodie Joust. This month's 3 ingredients are shallots, orange & edible flowers. It wasn't easy to come up with an idea for those.
Peanut Turkey Burgers - Matt is going to give his take on the burgers he loves so much at the Edina Grill
Cheddar Soup - From Soup's On!: 75 Soul-Satisfying Recipes from Your Favorite Chefs
Thanksgiving Dinner in February - We bought a turkey when they were on sale after Thanksgiving so we thought this weekend we'd finally get it out of the freezer & into the oven.
I'm still debating this week's cupcake flavor but I'm tempted to try something with Chinese Five Spice Powder.
As usual, check back during the week for results & recipes.