Greetings my peeps to what is going to be a fun-filled blog post today. I’m super excited for you, so cue music and let’s go.
I’ve got a couple of things on the agenda, and one will be announcing the winner of my giveaway for a Citrus Zinger, while the second, and somewhat less exciting, item will be announcing the winner of the summer long Battle Royale between my CSA and little ol’ me because I’m sure it’s perfectly sane to go to war with your produce.
I’m also going to share some of the highlights of the season because I didn’t get a CSA share last week; something about the farmers needing a week off so they could enjoy the holidays with their families. Pfft, you’d think they do manual labor day in and day out and feed the country or something.
Before I get to all the great food from the past several months, I’m giving a shout out to two champions, at least in my book, because these ladies have hosted our weekly link up parties all summer long, continuing into the fall, so please give a warm Clean Eats welcome to:
Before I get into how it all went down this summer, a few words about CSA’s in general, and let’s do it in bullet points because they make me happy. If you’re a smarty pants and already know everything there is to know about CSA’s, skip the bullet points and proceed directly to the food.
- I love a good acronym, and CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.
- At the beginning of the season, you purchase a “share” in the local farms and in return you get fresh, local (and in my case organic; aren’t I fancy), produce every week for the duration of the season.
- It’s like Christmas because each week is a surprise and you never know what you’re gonna get, but it’s gonna be good.
As much as I’d like to say CSA’s are all fairy dust and pink sprinkles (not the rainbow kind because it offends my self-diagnosed OCD, and I’d have to separate out all the colors), they’re just not. CSA’s are no joke and can be a ton of work. For me, the reward is well worth the effort though, and just to prove it, we’re going to take a stroll down CSA lane. One note: all of the below eats were lovingly prepared by moi, using my CSA produce in some shape or form. And I’m feeling French today, so let’s roll with it.
This summer I learned how to love beets. We ran away and got married and are now living happily ever after.
I ate a lot of Huevos Rancheros for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and let me just say, it doesn’t matter the meal; Huevos works Every. Single. Time.
I went on a serious salad bender too.
Grilled Peach Salad with Fried Goat Cheese Balls….mmm goat cheese balls. I like living in a world where cheese balls exist, and not the sappy kind.
Apple and Sweet Potato Tian.
I learned how much fun it is to cook and then eat stuffed food. I think it’s fair to say this is the summer I became a master stuffer. While it sounds awkward, I gracefully (snort) own the title now.
Stuffed Patty Pan Squash.
Stuffed Sweet Potato.
Stuffed Bell Peppers
Stuffed Acorn Squash.
I whipped up soups, stews, and chili.
Pumpkin Soup with Coconut Milk, Jalapeno and Ginger.
Patty Pan Squash Stew.
I had some really mouth-watering and drool worthy dinners.
Veggie Stir Fry with a Seven Rice/Grain Medley.
The list goes on and on, and while I’d love to share many more delectable and delicious dishes, I’m not sure this post (namely Word Press) can handle any more photos. It’s already starting to freak out on me, and not in a good way, so I’m going to take it as a sign to wrap it up.
Before I announce the winner, I must say I’m not an impartial judge and if I’m breaking any rules, it doesn’t matter, because I’m coming anyways, and I’m kicking down the door on my way in. It’s official. I have declared myself the winner of my summer CSA. The crowd goes wild, the angels rejoice, the trumpets sound, and unicorns frolic in fields of organic, non-GMO, wheat. What a glorious day, and thank you for spending a summer of CSA loving with me. To my produce, I say, “It was an absolute pleasure to photograph you, a joy to cook you, a thrill to eat you and sometimes madness sharing you on my blog. I can’t wait to do it again next year. Until then, mon amie.” *blows kiss.*
Now the real reason you are all here today. The winner of the Citrus Zinger is……drum roll please…..Aimee. The crowd goes wild for a second time in a single post. It’s madness around here. Ms. Aimee, I will be sending you an email to get your personal information, like mailing address, social security info….I promise, I’m not a stalker.
And with all our Champions officially announced, I’m out. Done, spent, Finito.
What was your favorite meal from the summer? Have you ever participated in a CSA? If not, would you? Have any exciting weekend plans?