Good morning! Although Shane and I got back from our trip late late Friday night, today’s the first day back to reality. I’ve got a client to train here in a couple minutes, and then will be heading into the office for a while.
I’m feeling a bit like Niko is this morning:
I have to admit, yesterday afternoon as I was editing mountain pictures, I had a bit of a pity party. After about 2 hours on picmonkey, my eyes started to tear up!
I think I just needed some endorphins. Since there are no mountains to hike up here in Illinois – and it was beastly hot at 2:00 in the afternoon, I did the next best thing and hopped on my elliptical while catching up on magazines:
Seemed to do the trick!
Bucket List: Join a CSA
Remember that summer bucket list I made a couple weeks ago?
This weekend I got to cross off another item!
I went to the farmer’s market and joined a CSA!
According to Localharvest.org…
Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
Dearing Farms had a couple spots left, and after talking to one of the owners, I decided to sign up for the produce CSA. They also offered an eggs and meat share that I almost decided to join, but at the last minute decided against it.
Yesterday morning after training I stopped by their tent at the market to pick up my share.
This week’s share included:
beets and beet greens, which I sauteed up with some olive oil, salt & pepper, and then sprinkled with nutritional yeast.
For Saturday night’s dinner, Shane cooked the ground beef I picked up at the tent, and I cooked the bok choy with some olive oil, ginger, garlic, and soy sauce.
It also included radishes and lettuce in the package:
For last night’s dinner, which was spaghetti, I chopped up the lettuce to serve as side salads:
So far everything tastes very fresh and delicious. And to be honest, I’d probably go the rest of my life without eating beat greens if they hadn’t been in this CSA package. I’m glad they were, because they’re delicious! They kind of remind me of sauteed swiss chard.
And now that I have vegetables a plenty, I thought I’d start a little challenge this week!
Veggies for Breakfast Challenge
Most of my breakfasts include meals like oatmeal, yogurt, and pancakes – they’re all very yummy and delicious, but not likely to include veggies.
A lot of Americans don’t eat a salad with breakfasts simply because it’s untraditional!
This week, I’m going to include one veggie in each of my breakfasts. This morning it’s spinach in my smoothie:
Chocolate cherry smoothie with a side of spinach added in. It’s the easy route, but I’m also eating my breakfast on the go this morning
Happy Monday, friends
Have you ever joined a CSA?
How often do you eat veggies with your breakfast?
I’ve also never tried those edible squash flowers…I’m not sure I ever will either! haha