This Week's CSA - Week 3!

Week 3:

Fava Beans!

Fava Beans!

Low thirties and major sun equals perfect vegetable making weather (and happy Vancouverites until we start complaining that it’s too hot).

What was in this week’s box: potatoes (fingerlings), kale, fava beans, parsley, cherry tomatoes (a first for the farm!), carrots & peas.

Last week I promised a cost comparison of our harvest box to the same local, organic produce in a grocery store, so here it is - one harvest box from Crisp Organics costs: $26. The same local, organic produce from a local grocery store came to: ­­$29.50 But again, the harvest box program is more than just a number. The prepaid arrangement makes it a source of financial security for the farmer. Helping them invest in seeds and plant crops at a time when there are many expenses and few sources of revenue for a farmer.

With the produce from this week I was able to make one of my favourite pasta dishes! Let’s get creative and call it - Jess’ Favourite Pasta Dish:

Ingredients: 

  • ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • 2 Tbsp chopped garlic 
  • Pinch of chili flakes 
  • ½ cup white wine 
  • Pint of cherry tomato halves 
  • Pasta (I like penne) 
  • 2 cups of chopped kale & 
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. In a cold pan, add the oil, garlic, chili flakes and salt. Heat over medium heat until the garlic sizzles.
  2. Add the cherry tomato halves and heat until they start to soften
  3. Add white wine and continue to cook until it reduces by half
  4. Add the cooked pasta, top with the fine chopped kale and toss until the kale is soft and the pasta is coated with the oil sauce
  5. Serve immediately on its own or with your protein of choice

Potatoes and peas were eaten along side a baked salmon on Saturday night while the parsley was stored in a jar with water and covered with a holey plastic produce bag in the fridge. This will actually hold the parsley for a few weeks.

Pasta with fava beans!

Pasta with fava beans!

This just leaves the infamous fava beans…Reid took the initiative one night and threw them all in a pasta dish but apparently it was quite the process. First, the fava beans needed to be de-hulled then parboiled and then cooked…I’m so glad I went out that night! 

Missed fruit this week in the harvest box, so had to buy some local BC raspberries, blueberries & cherries

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