As CSAs across Brooklyn start getting their weekly shares, everyone finds themselves with an abundance of produce that they can’t eat fast enough to make room in the fridge for the next week’s share. Even the most stalwart local eater, convinced that eating fresh food grown locally and harvested in season is a good choice for personal health, farm stability, and environmental reasons, may find themselves frustrated when they receive 3 pounds of zucchini for the second or third time.
What to do with this overabundance? For starters, we like to turn to the following food blogs for inspiration when faced with a fridge full of produce:
- Cathy started her blog Not Eating Out In New York in 2006 to chronicle an extended period of eating at home instead of eating at restaurants, from food carts, or take-out. Her recipes tend to focus on local sustainable, in season food with an eye towards cost effectiveness. In fact, she wrote a fantastic article last summer with advice on coping with CSA stress.
- Molly at Orangette isn’t based in New York, but her wide range of recipes - from various desserts to condiments, meat dishes to salads - includes several simple dishes that capitalize on fresh ingredients.
- Massage Williamsburg’s very own Laurel blogs about vegetarian recipes with a friend at Tofu Robotics. Try one of their recipes like Pink Pasta with Beets, Greens, and Walnuts for inventive (and scrumptious!) takes on eating your vegetables.
If you are looking for quick ideas that involve minimal stove-time, you can look back at several summer’s worth of ideas from Mark Bittman, including 101 Meals in 10 Minutes or Less, 101 20 Minute Dishes for Inspired Picnics, and 101 Simple Salads for the Season. Just before the Fourth of July, the newest edition to the series was published: 101 Fast Recipes for Grilling.
However you choose to eat your CSA veggies, you can feel good that you are taking charge of your own health by eating fresh, local, seasonal produce and paying more attention to what goes into your body!