Simply Fresh by Julie Wern

IMG_0052.JPGHappy Spring fellow CSA members and Simply Fresh blog followers!

I am so excited to be back writing this blog after the long, cold winter. It was a different winter for us in some ways, as we were members of the Holcomb Farm winter CSA for the first time. It was wonderful to receive local, fresh, organic produce from October all the way through February.   I am still finishing off many of the storable items. In fact, I have taken to eating a half a beet a day in a tasty vegetable and fruit breakfast smoothie. I can’t wait to share this recipe, and many others, with you in future editions of Simply Fresh.

For those of you who are new to the CSA and/or to Simply Fresh, let me tell you a little about my food blog. During the summer growing season I post once a week, typically highlighting a particular vegetable offered in that week’s CSA distribution. I include storage, nutrition, and preparation tips, as well as one or two recipes that include the featured item and/or other produce items offered in the share. I welcome your feedback, so please reply to the blogs with any questions or comments you might have. Alternatively, if you prefer not to comment on the blog, you can contact me directly at Simplyfresh@holcombfarm.org.

I have been writing the blog for four years now so please keep in mind that there are many past editions of Simply Fresh and hundreds of recipes stored in the archives of the Holcomb website. If at any time, you have questions about a certain kind of vegetable or wish to locate a recipe using specific items, you can always do a search in past issues of Simply Fresh.  Simply click on the search window in the green section at the bottom of the blog and type in your search term (e.g. carrots, potatoes).  We are working on improving the search feature to more thoroughly access Simply Fresh articles and recipes.  Please let me know if you have any trouble with the search feature.

For those of you who are veteran readers of Simply Fresh, you will recognize my tradition of starting out my blog season by encouraging a stocked and varied pantry. If there is one thing I have learned as a CSA member it is that having a well-stocked pantry is the key to successfully, efficiently, and exhaustively using up my weekly CSA bounty. Please read my pantry suggestions (click here) and begin to consider how you might want to stock up on your own supplies before the produce starts flooding in and summer activities move into full swing. You’ll be amazed to find how much more quickly and creatively you can use up your CSA share if you are well prepared in the rest of the kitchen.

Like you, I can’t wait for next week and our first share of local, organic spring produce.  Hope to see you at the farm!

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