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Hooray, CSA season has started again!

Yesterday Mr Gnoe went to pick up our vegetable bag for the first time in 2011. It’s the 4th year we’ll be getting a bag of local organic veggies from Amelis’hof garden (formerly known as De Aardvlo) every week till Christmas. And the 3rd year I’m consistently logging them with a picture on Graasland.

For those of you wondering what CSA means — have you noticed the Glossary of terms on Graasland?

First Amelishof veggiebag of the season! (2011 week 18)

  • Herb flowers
  • Leek
  • Tomatoes
  • Rapini (or turnip tops)
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce

I already used some spinach and tomato in a pasta salad I had for lunch today. Those beautiful white flowers accompanied last night’s vegan pasta with white asparagus. So now I need to think about what to make of the rest… I guess it’s back to menu planning for Gnoe!

Some of you may have seen my FourSquare tweet last Friday in which I talked about picking up some CSA veggies… #confusing There’s another organic farm nearby from which we get additional vegetables: Groenekans. It’s different in that we aren’t ‘shareholders’ but we do pay a certain amount in advance which enables the farmer to invest in seedlings etc. It also varies from our regular, real CSA in that we get to pick our groceries from a list of availabilities, instead of receiving a surprise packet. And that’s exactly why it is such a good addition to our weekly mystery bag of Amelishof goodies. :)

Any tips on what to cook this week?

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When we collected our organic vegetables at the Groenekans distribution point last Friday, we got this lovely field-bouquet.

Colourful organic field-bouquet from Groenekans

Groenekans is the second local farm we get our groceries from. It works different from Amelis’Hof in that we can pick our choice from a weekly list instead of getting a surprise batch of greens, and pre-funding is on a voluntary basis. Because we do pay an amount in advance they gave us these colourful flowers. Nice, eh? I’m not much of an expert on flora, but I bet some of them can be eaten or made into tea… Still, I like ‘em just where they are on the dining table :))

Now, on with the vegetables we got from Amelis’Hof in the last few weeks, our first (bio)organic resource. Although they didn’t only land in our kitchen this time… When Mr Gnoe and I were on a trip to Paris two weeks ago, my friend Elsje took hold of them in our place! She was sweet enough to make a photo so that we would actually know what we had missed out on :)

Amelishof CSA vegetables week 36, 2010

Amelis'Hof CSA vegetables week 36, 2010

  • Endive
  • Aubergine (eggplant)
  • Lettuce
  • Runner beans
  • Carrots
  • Flat leaf parsley
Elsjes picture of Amelis'hof CSA vegetables week 35, 2010

Elsjes picture of Amelis'hof CSA vegetables week 35, 2010

  • Lettuce
  • Yellow & pink beetroot (OMG I never had those!)
  • Corn on the cob (yum!)
  • Basil
  • Tomatoes
  • Green beans
Amelis'Hof CSA vegetables week 34, 2010

Amelis'Hof CSA vegetables week 34, 2010

  • Leek
  • Fennel
  • Lettuce
  • Green beans
  • Corn
  • Dill
  • Courgette (zucchini)

There will be a new bag of vitamins waiting for us tomorrow afternoon — the last of the summer season… I’m hoping for a really sunny loot! :))

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