opening day

Those of you who have been reading for a while may recall a cold, snowy day back in January when I signed up for the Siena Farms CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. Well. Today was opening day.

mesculun greens

The very first box of the season came bursting with greens: bok choy, sweet spinach, peppery mesclun greens, radishes, pink and white, and - be still my heart - green garlic!

And so, I present to you today's lunch: Mesculun greens topped with sliced radishes, a grind of sea salt and pepper, and a few drips of olive oil.

radish salad

For dinner, I sliced the green garlic and let it sizzle in olive oil for a few minutes. Then, I turned down the heat, piled spinach on top, stems and all, salted and peppered lightly, and covered the pan until the leaves just wilted in the steam. It was gorgeous, and I'm sorry that I don't have any pictures to share with you. How about a mouthful of garlic breath, instead? On second thought, perhaps I'd better keep that to myself.


Frenchie said...

Hi Jess!

I absolutely love reading your blog, thank you so much for sharing. Your salad looks delicious, I am planning on signing up for a CSA when I get home and seeing your pictures made my mouth water in anticipation.

Looking forward to reading more,

Jess said...

Thank you, Frenchie. It means a lot to me that you like what you see here enough to come back for more. Enjoy the rest of your travels, and best wishes for a sweet homecoming - filled with fresh fruits and veggies!

Shannalee said...

How fun! I desperately want to come home to a box filled with greens and garlic. This looks lovely!

Jess said...

Hi, Shannalee. Yes, this farm-share thing is fun. And this is only the beginning. We'll get a box every week until just before Thanksgiving! I bet there's a CSA you could join in Chicago, no?

Jess said...

greens and green garlic! what more could a girl want?

Kerstin said...

Gorgeous! I never got around to finding a convenient, but it's on my list for next year!

Kerstin said...

finding a convenient CSA that is :)

Jess said...

Hi, Jess. In all honestly, I do want something more - another shoot or two of green garlic! Greedy of me?

Kerstin - Thanks for your note. You're in the Boston area, right? We have lots of options around here, so hopefully you'll be all set for next year.