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  • I'm Kristen, a clumsy but determined home cook and crafter living in the Boston area with my husband, B, and I have an interest in all things food and craft.

    This blog was created to keep track of my various projects and adventures. They may not all be successes, but my goal is to remain unintimidated by whatever engages my curiosity.



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Farmer Dave's CSA


This past week’s CSA was quite a haul, and I figured that I’d do one overall shot, instead of shots of individual items, because there was so much great color going on. And let me tell you, this wasn’t even everything that we received! The biggest surprise of the week was the watermelon. I thought that we might get cantaloupe sometime during the season, but never in my wildest dreams did I expect to walk in and see baskets of lovely little watermelons. Totally made my week.

We also received nectarines, peaches, blueberries, a bulb of fresh garlic (another unexpected goodie), an eggplant, more tasty tomatoes, peppers, scallions, Swiss chard, carrots, zucchini, green beans, basil, lettuce, and many, many cucumbers. I’ve really been trying to stay on top of the cucumbers, so we’ve been eating plenty of salads. Sometimes I just cut up a cucumber or two and add a little feta cheese and oil + vinegar dressing. So simple and really, really good.

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Farmer Dave's CSA Week Eight


It’s so rare to eat a tomato that actually tastes like a tomato when you have to buy your tomatoes at the grocery store, so we were in our glory when we received TWO kinds of tomatoes in our CSA box this past week. The tomatoes didn’t last long enough to actually put into a recipe because we gobbled up both kinds within a day or two. Fresh summer tomatoes are awesome just as they are.

And, of course, I can’t forget all of the other great goodies that we received in our box, like a bunch of fresh basil, three different kinds of peppers (green bell, cubanelle, and jalapeno), green beans, cucumbers, summer squash, lettuce, lots of blueberries (these were great on my breakfast yogurt this week), peaches, and nectarines. This was a very tasty week.

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CSA Peaches Blueberries Raspberries


Fruit time, that is. In addition to offering summer produce shares, our CSA also offers fruit shares, and B and I are all about the fruit. Thanks to favorable weather conditions (I knew that the ridiculously hot weather had to be good for something), our fruit share started a week early. Yay!

This past week, we received peaches, blueberries, and raspberries, in addition to our produce share, which contained chard, zucchini, plenty of cucumbers, scallions that had the longest green parts (that’s the technical term, right?) I’ve ever seen, wax beans, carrots, jalapeno peppers (!), and a couple of things that I know I’m forgetting right now. See, this is why I need to get right on these posts after I pick up the box on Friday. Otherwise, there’s too much good stuff for me to remember!

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Farmer Dave CSA Week 6


This past week’s CSA box held some sweet surprises, including three ears of sweet corn (a real treat since I don’t usually get corn this fresh unless I visit my family in Pennsylvania during the summer), a bunch of carrots, and a big bag of wax beans, one of my favorite childhood veggies. We also received another kohlrabi bulb, a beautiful head of lettuce (romaine, I think), basil, and a pair of cipollini onions. Oh, and more zucchini and summer, squash, of course!

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Farmer Dave's CSA Week 5


There were some fun food surprises in this past week’s CSA box, including green beans (the freshest I’ve seen in a long, long time), a huge bunch of rainbow chard (I’m becoming addicted to chard sauteed with a little olive oil, garlic, and onions), lots of basil, zucchini and summer squash (again, addiction-forming when sauteed with a little olive oil and garlic), and kohlrabi (the alien-looking purple bulb above). It’s been a yummy week (lots of sauteeing with olive oil, garlic/onions going on around here), and I think that this may be the first week that we’ve finished everything that we got in our box before the next pickup!

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Farmer Dave's CSA Week Four


My CSA box this past week was the heaviest yet, and it was filled with chard, lettuce, a big bag of peas, the most adorable baby cucumbers that I think I’ve ever seen (it was really hard to cut them up because they were just so darn chubby and cute!), a few types of summer squash / zucchini, a small bulb of fennel, lovely scallions, and a little bunch of garlic scapes. I love this farm share thing! It’s like a surprise food adventure every week. What will the next week bring, I wonder?

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