CSA Challenge: Week 4

Today we are back in the swing of things with the CSA Challenge (which is fab!). It also happens that we are in the beginning of the time where we start getting loads of great stuff — which is both fab and a bit more daunting as that means loads more things to use.

Today’s basket and bonus u-pick items were many:

CSA 2013 List 4

Not surprisingly, we also went a bit bonkers buying extra tart cherries (my favorite) and black raspberries (which are divine). While we got 2 quarts of tart cherries and 1/2 pint of black raspberries as part of our CSA, we picked another 2 or 3 quarts of cherries and an additional 3 pints of black raspberries. Delish!

So, our entire stash looked a bit like this:

CSA 2013 Box 4

Yes, those are some salsa we canned earlier this year you see off in the distance. We seriously need to get our canned foods stash organized and off the counters.

There are a few things in there that I don’t normally use — like beets, fennel fronts, and cilantro (which I am not a fan of, but recognize that it can be an interesting addition to a few dishes and, apparently, a nice thing to put in the garden to keep animals away because they don’t like it either). I’ll be figuring out how to use them this week!

There are a few other things that are easy to use. In fact, most of the blueberries went into blueberry pancakes for dinner tonight (the last few are currently dehydrating with another pint I bought a couple weeks ago. Plans for rehydrating them in amaretto and adding to a bread pudding at some point). Once those are done, the sage will be getting dehydrated as well. Some of the cherries from last week have already become jam, so this week’s will likely be pie filling in the next day or two. Black raspberries will mostly be eaten as is, but I may do some jam from those too — we’ll have to see. And I’m hoping to make some fresh lemonade and add some of the pineapple mint.

Those are the plans anyway. We’ll see how well we do at following through on them…

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