My first CSA box and what I did with it


Fresh apples, oranges, and persimmons.

This was my first time to try persimmons, they were not very sweet but had a berry like quality to them. The apples tasted very fresh and could have gone into a pie if only I didn’t eat them all first.


Roasted roots (Sweet potato, Parsnip, Turnip, Carrots) tossed in garlic and rosemary powder. A sort of alternative french fries/ pomme frits dish.

I brought some to a get-together and they were pretty good, this probably has more to do with the freshness though than any particular skill on my part. I made more a couple weeks later for home but the produce was not as fresh and crisp so the flavors became more subtle. They were still as good as I would have gotten from a store, but farm fresh at your door versus a couple weeks down the line after harvest have a massive difference! I think the longer lasting freshness (since it gets to you sooner) is a big factor for getting CSA shares.
Rosemary Garlic Roasted Potato Wedges
from Taylor Made Markert
Carrot & Parsnip Fries
from oh my veggies


Broccoli Pesto.

This was an experiment, one that I enjoyed but you won’t like it if you don’t like broccoli. Basically.. the technique involved in pesto is emulsifying a herb, garlic, and pine nut mixture in olive oil. I didn’t have pine nuts, and I didn’t use much basil. So I wouldn’t really call this a “true” pesto.
Nut Free Broccoli Pesto Pasta
from PopSugar
Broccoli Pesto

Meat loaf.

If you don’t cook, it may come as a surprise that meatloaf has veggies in it. Most mixtures will involve some onion and others can include carrots or something else. Adding this to patties and other meat mixtures helps keep the meat moist as it cooks. Sauced Meatloaf from  Recipe Miniatures from

Eating Organic Detoxes You from Pesticides (and other processed food chemicals)

Whats the fuss about Organic?

Organic just means the food is grown without pesticides, excessive antibiotics, and are not genetically modified. If you haven’t been eating organic, that means that these chemicals are probably in your system.. But don’t worry They aren’t stuck there forever! This video shows a study on how long it takes to detox from mass produced and overly processed foods. The good news is it doesn’t take too long after you start eating clean!

All you need is Kangkong (Water Spinach)

This tropical leafy vegetable is a little-known superfood hero that can solve many modern problems. With promising research in diabetes, liver disease, and alleviating malnutrition this is a veg worth looking at twice. If you need some help with detox, liver repair, and blood sugar regulation or are in the market for some vitamin-rich but quick to eat food and some recipe ideas you might want to keep reading until the end.

I had trouble finding this vegetable in America but it’s very common in South East Asia. It grows in rivers, rice paddies, or home gardens. I finally found some at an Asian Grocery under a different name, apparently this guy has a lot of names: “Kangkong”, “Kangkung”, “Morning Glory”, “Water morning glory”, “Water convolvulus”, “Water Spinach”, “River Spinach”, “Chinese Spinach”, “Chinese convolvulus”, and “Swamp cabbage”. It’s kind of hard to search for something technical with every name, so when digging up medical studies and nutrition profiles I stuck to the scientific name “Ipomea aquatica”.


Medical Benefits, Nutrition Profile, & Recipes:


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