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A Vacay From the CSA

August 6, 2014

Tuesday is CSA pickup day. You may remember how thrilled I was a few weeks ago to snatch a rare late-season spot in Roxbury Farm’s annual membership program. I’m still thrilled, but it’s hard to be away.

Yesterday marks the second share that I missed while on this latest Pennsylvania adventure. Fortunately, I made plans in advance to make sure that this amazing local bounty went to loving homes. And with Mile Level Country Market relatively nearby in Bedford, PA I’ve been eating plenty of local seasonal produce.

Still, I miss the avalanche of foods that force me to be creative and sometimes push me out of my comfort zone. It’s easy to just eat corn, tomatoes, and peaches all summer long. But those who do so aren’t contributing to the greater agricultural diversity we really should be cultivating. That’s a longer story.

But thanks to my CSA vacay, I’ll be able to do something awesome this weekend.

In the height of summer during CSA season, I never go to farmers markets. In good conscience, I can’t. It’s a struggle to go through the produce we receive directly from the farm before the next share comes arrives.

Which isn’t to say that I don’t miss them. I do. So I’m very excited to be able to pick up just a few days worth of veggies at either the Troy market on Saturday or the Schenectady market on Sunday.

I have to say that I feel lucky to live in an area where there are so many great farmers markets within an easy drive. I could go up to Saratoga Springs or I could check out the smaller market in Delmar too. Although I hear there is local beer being sold at the Crossings market in Colonie. Deanna has a much more thorough list of where and when local farmers gather around the region, and it’s worth checking out.

The trick this weekend will be a need for restraint. After all, on Tuesday, Roxbury is expecting my share to contain tomatoes, sweet corn, bell peppers, eggplant, carmen sweet peppers, cucumbers, salad mix, head lettuce, green beans, cilantro, parsley, garlic, onions and peaches.

Maybe that means I can pick up a loaf of bread, so part of it can be nice and stale by Tuesday.  Stale bread makes for a better panzanella salad. And I do recall enjoying summer meals of corn on the cob paired with a tomato salad. If the eggplant comes in, I’m totally making baba ganouj on the gas grill. I already found a decent tahini, and I can even use the farm’s own garlic.

Surely, I can buy around the produce that’s arriving next Tuesday. And it will be good to check out at least one of these markets that I’ve missed while away in Princeton. Oddly, as much as I enjoyed the town itself, the farmers market was really pretty dinky.

Truth be told, there are plenty of things in the Capital Region that are better than their equivalents in Princeton. But I’ll save that for another time.

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  1. August 6, 2014 11:06 am

    I was STUNNED at how much I was able to take home yesterday from the CSA share (thanks for thinking of me). I know I wont be able to use all of it myself right now, so expect some preserves coming your way (yellow plum compote, corn and zucchini relish, hot pepper jelly…).

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