Monday, September 7, 2009

CSA Special - Pasta Salad

I have joined a CSA - which means I have bought a share of a local farm's harvest. I worked it out, and it's substantially cheaper than what I buy at the grocery each week. Every week the farm gathers up the harvest, brings it right to campus (how convenient!), and people who have a share come by and claim their food. I have a fruit share, and a veggie share. I am sharing the veggies with another friend of mine, because each share feeds 2-4 people, and I can't eat that much by myself! I have no such trouble with fruit. I could eat my weight in fruit.

The food each week varies depending on the season, but this week's veggies were:

1 squash, 3 lbs. tomatoes, 2 lbs. bell peppers, 4 hot peppers, 1 head lettuce, 1 lb. salad greens, 1 lb. onions, 2 eggplants, and 1.5 lb. green beans.

Thank goodness my friend is coming by to take half of that off my hands! And the fruit was:

1 small cantaloupe, 1 small watermelon, and seven peaches.

I was invited to a Labor Day BBQ, and I volunteered to bring the pasta salad. Well, I intended to make a pasta salad, but it ended up being more a vegetable salad with a few macaronis thrown in for good measure...

Small red onion, bunch of tomatoes, half a chile pepper, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, can of whole corn, can of red kidney beans, minced garlic clove, and of course the pasta. All tossed in a dressing of vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, and 1 tsp. chili powder, and dash salt and sugar.

I had none left to take back from the BBQ. :)

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on joining a CSA! My husband and I joined one this year and it has been great. The best thing about it (other than the constant supply of fresh, organically grown food) is that it forces you to try new things. We've had so much zucchini this summer that I've had to go searching for recipes that didn't include slathering it in butter and grilling it. Our CSA has a variety of pick-your-own vegetables and fruits. Right now, I'm enjoying mounds of raspberries. Delicious!