Friday, May 20, 2011

First Harvest (from Bells Bend)

While I was out of town this week, Bill (that lucky bugger) got to go up to the farm for our first pickup from Bell's Bend. I hated being away while Bill went up, only because we'd been talking about our potential produce since November, signed up since February, and chomping at the bit every warm day since... and finally the first pick up was here... while I was out of town... boo.  

But he did go ahead and spread everything out over the counter and take a picture and sent it to me so I could share the moment with him, even while our in the far corner of Tennessee.  

The First Haul of the CSA Season
Let's see... what do we have here... from left to right
  • Arugula
  • Kale
  • Strawberries
  • Green Onions
  • Green Garlic
  • Red Butterhead Lettuce
  • Mint
  • Garlic Scapes

After a long drive home the next day, I stopped by Bill's house to discover the sweet boy cooking dinner from  the haul.  Salmon baked and season with chopped green garlic along with soy, lemon, and salt & pepper, and a huge salad with the arugala and lettuce greens and strawberries and green onions with some added veggies and blue cheese vinegar dressing.   Yum yum!  

(I'll try and remember a different camera than my phone)

Not pictured is my attempt at a fun appetizer of "kale chips". Like potato chips, but made of leafy greens tossed with olive oil and seasoning, baked into the oven until crispy like a delicious potato thin.  They were horrible.  Maybe I baked them too long, but half were soggy and the other half were nearly dissolved into a powdery kale dust.   Fail.  Luckily Bill's cooking skills prevailed (INCREDIBLE dinner) and we didn't starve trying to eat kale powder.  Bill added the mint to his bourbon.  The only thing we didn't sample were the garlic scapes... have to save those for something else!


  1. YUM!!!!! I'm coming over for dinner, and for mojitos with that mint!

  2. I am jealous! Have fun with your food! I miss Bells Bend and Eric! Hmmm, kale chips, not so much, good to know. But, good for you for trying!