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CSA & Farmers’ Market: CSA #3

Ok, you get the point:  You can eat local and on a budget.  So enough of seeing my weekly meal plans after this post.  Besides, half the time I need to revise them as life happens, appetites vary, and sales change.

Surprise CSA Box:

  •   1 bunch Parsley
  •    1 head Red Boston Lettuce 
  •    1 head  Red Oak Leaf Lettuce 
  •    3 pieces mixed Beets
  •    2 heads Green Romaine
  •   3 heads Baby Bok Choy
  •    4 oz Sugar Snap Peas
  •    5 pieces Garlic Scapes
  •   1 Greenhouse Seedless Cuke 

Farmer’s Market Purchases:  Strawberries, fresh pasta, bread, mushrooms, whole chicken

Within Budget:  Yes

Bibliopharm’s Weekly CSA & Farmers’ Market Meal Plan

Saturday
Breakfast:  toast, blueberries
Lunch:  Strawberry Festival
Dinner:  Caldo Verde (Portuguese Green Soup), grilled fresh sardines

Sunday
Breakfast:  Toast, blueberries
Afternoon Dinner:  Beer Can Chicken, roast potatoes and beets, grilled romaine, cake with strawberries

Monday
Breakfast:  omelet with sautéed garlic scapes, beet greens, and feta cheese
Lunch: PBJ, Snap Peas
Dinner:  Salad with leftover chicken

Tuesday
Breakfast:  toast, homemade yogurt, strawberries
Lunch: Egg salad sandwich, Snap Peas
Dinner:  Kofte (Turkish Lamb Meatballs), bulgar, salad

Wednesday
Breakfast:  cereal, fruit, yogurt
Lunch:  leftovers
Dinner: Grilled sausage pinwheel, rice, salad

Thursday
Breakfast:  Eggs and toast, strawberries
Lunch:  leftovers
Dinner:  Tofu stir fry with boy choy, rice

Friday
Breakfast:  Cottage cheese, crackers, fruit
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner:  Pasta al Carbonara, salad

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CSA & Farmers’ Market: CSA Week #2

Surprise CSA Box:

  •    1 bu Garlic Chives
  •    1 head Bok Choy
  •    1 bu Red Oak
  •    1/2 lb Asparagus
  •    1 bu Leeks
  •    1 Green Boston
  •    1 Red Leaf Lettuce
  •    8oz Sugar Snap Peas
  •    1 bu Garlic Scapes
  •    1 bu mixed Carrots

Farmer’s Market Purchases:  pickles, bread, strawberries

Within Budget:  Yes

Bibliopharm’s Weekly CSA & Farmers’ Market Meal Plan

Saturday
Breakfast:  Omelet with sauteed garlic scapes
Dinner:  Birthday Party!

Sunday
Breakfast:  strawberries and yogurt
Lunch:  Greek Salad
Dinner:  Stir Fry with tofu and bok choy

Monday
Breakfast:  buttered toast, strawberries
Lunch:  leftovers
Dinner:  Pork Chops, rice, asparagus

Tuesday
Breakfast:  breakfast smoothie
Lunch:  leftovers
Dinner:  Vegetarian Cobb Salad

Wednesday
Breakfast:  breakfast smoothie
Lunch:  egg salad sandwich
Dinner:  Feta and leek quiche

Thursday
Breakfast:  yogurt with cereal and dried fruit
Lunch:   leftovers
Dinner:  Steak, rice, snap pea and carrot stir fry

Friday
Breakfast: yogurt with cereal and dried fruit
Lunch: Garden salad with leftover steak
Dinner:  Pizza night!

CSA & Farmers’ Market: Week #1

Yippee!!  Our CSA season has begun and there was much rejoicing!

Surprise CSA Box:

  • 1 bu Parsley
  • 1 bu Green Scallions
  • 1 head Green Lettuce
  • 1 bu Asparagus
  • 1 bu Leek
  • 8oz Sugar Snap Peas
  • 1 pt Strawberries
  • 1 head Red Romaine Lettuce
  • 3 heads Baby Bok Choy

Farmer’s Market Purchases:  More asparagus, more strawberries, bread, pickles, spinach, mushrooms

Within Budget:  Yes

Bibliopharm’s Weekly CSA & Farmers’ Market Meal Plan

It’s vegetarian week at the farm.  Why?  Because.

Saturday
Brunch:  Asparagus, Leek, and Goat Cheese Quiche
Dinner:  Girls Day Out in the Big City!

Sunday
Breakfast:  Strawberries and Oatmeal
Lunch:  Asparagus Soup with Almond Romano Pesto
Dinner:  Stir Fry with Sesame Tofu, Bok Choy, Snap Peas, and Scallions

Monday
Breakfast:  Strawberries and Overnight Oatmeal
Lunch:  Leftovers
Dinner:  Vegetarian Cobb Salad

Tuesday
Breakfast: Smoothie
Lunch:  Leftovers
Dinner:  Vegetarian Greek Salad

Wednesday
Breakfast:  Smoothie
Lunch:  Leftovers
Dinner:  Spinach and mushroom omelet

Thursday
Breakfast:  Eggs and Toast
Lunch:  Leftovers
Dinner:  Greens and Beans and Pasta

Friday
Breakfast:  Smoothie
Lunch:  Egg Salad
Dinner:  Pizza

CSA & Farmers’ Market: Pre-CSA #1

Surprise CSA Box: n/a

Farmer’s Market Purchases:  Lettuce, tatsoi, bok choy, spinach, asparagus, strawberries, duck, farmhouse cheddar, baguette, cereal bread, chocolate croissant, and chocolate muffin

Mini Farm Harvest: Rhubarb, herbs

Within Budget: Yes

Bibliopharm’s Weekly CSA & Farmers’ Market Meal Plan

Saturday
Breakfast: Pancakes with Rhubarb Compote
Lunch: Grilled sardines, bread, salad
Dinner: Beer can duck, potatoes, grilled bok choy

Sunday
Breakfast: Yogurt, muesli, strawberries
Lunch:  Duck egg omelet with baby spinach, toast
Dinner:  Roast lamb, polenta, grilled asparagus

Monday
Breakfast: Farmhouse cheddar, toast, strawberries
Lunch:  Egg salad sandwich with greens
Dinner: Roast Pork, rice, sautéed tatsoi

Tuesday
Breakfast: Yogurt, muesli,  with Rhubarb Compote
Lunch:  Canned sardines, salad
Dinner:  Duck and mushroom (second day meal), polenta, salad

Wednesday
Breakfast: Farmhouse Cheddar, toast with rhubarb compote
Lunch:  Egg salad sandwich
Dinner:  Lamb curry with spinach (second day meal), rice

Thursday
Breakfast:  Waffles with Rhubarb Compote
Lunch:  Leftovers
Dinner:  Grilled Pork Chops (second day meal), ravioli, salad

Friday
Breakfast:  Farmhouse Cheddar, toast with rhubarb compote
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:  Night off to take in or go out 🙂

Photos From This Week’s Kitchen Pantry

The week’s produce…

The week’s protein… (We had to supplement from the grocery store because not all vendors are coming to the market yet.)

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On of the vegetable farmers had some duck eggs and gave us two to try.  This will be a first.  I was amazed at the wax-like coating, which makes sense considering duck habitat.  It was so smooth and had this beautiful marbling that my camera refused to capture.  It was translucent in the sun like fine china.  Lovely.

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Our favorite cheese…

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And finally dessert…

Ps. The chocolate croissant didn’t make it home.

The Farmers’ Market & CSA Challenge

May marks the beginning of our CSA share and local Farmers’ Market.  In an effort to support our local organic farmers and businesses, I’m going to purchase whatever can be purchased from said market to plan our week’s meals… on a budget.  I found this nifty USDA website for some reference points and am aiming for somewhere between the “low-cost plan” and “moderate-cost plan,” which translates to $130 per week for our family of three.  Before we get too excited about that number for a delicious organic spending spree, I need to subtract some fixed costs.  So each week we can take away approximately $5 for chicken feed, $25 for our vegetable share, $10 for our fruit share, and $10 for our cheese share (total luxury, I know), which leaves me with $80 for the week for everything else.

The CSA and my mini farm will supply the weeks’ fruits, vegetables, herbs, and cheese.  My chickens will provide both eggs and meat.  The farmers’ market will take care of local, humanely-raised proteins (beef, fish, duck), some starches (bread, pasta), and local sweet (honey, chocolate croissants).  The grocery store will clean up the rest (beans, rice, olive oil, salt, etc.), which are my pantry staple items I always like to have available.

How will this look on the Bibliopharm blog each week?  On Saturday after the market, I’ll post the surprises I come home with and how I’ll integrate them into our weekly meal plan.  If a recipe is particularly successful, I’ll post it.

Healthy eating, healthy community, and healthy wallet – I love this challenge!

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