Last summer I joined a CSA for the first time. If you are not familiar with what a CSA is, check out my guest post at Becoming Crunchy! I share my experience with the CSA we joined last summer, as well as pros and cons so you can figure out if joining one would be a good fit for your family.
If you read the post and decide a CSA sounds like a great choice for you, you can check out Greenbrier Farms!
Be sure to check out the rest of the Becoming Crunchy site, too! I always enjoy the posts there and am frequently inspired to live better! She makes appearances in my Sunday Surf’s often and she wrote a guest post here not too long ago. You can start with some of my favorite posts:
Why I Chose Baby Led Weaning: 4 Personal Reasons
Getting Rid of the Garbage
A Garden Made of Straw
Moving Away from Household Toxins- an Update
This summer we joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) which means we have been enjoying some wonderful local, organic seasonal produce. I have had fingerling potatoes as well as blue potatoes for the first time and found myself getting creative with ways to use turnips.
When we acquired a ton of delicious tomatoes in different varieties, I excitedly started brainstorming ways to use them up. I have always wanted to make homemade fresh tomato sauce and figured what better time then now! So, I perused the internet and found there are 3 basic types of sauce (although leave me a comment if I am wrong!). The first is the long simmering variety, the second is the barely-cooked and the third is uncooked. I decided to go with the barely-cooked.
I used another blogger’s delicious sauce recipe and I was not disappointed. The recipe says it can be done in 15 minutes but, well, I’m extremely slow and in no way was I done in 15 minutes. I would definitely make this recipe again. It had a very fresh, summery taste and was perfectly easy for a first time homemade sauce maker like myself. I plan on trying a long simmering sauce next.
I still had plenty of tomatoes left so I tackled homemade salsa next. My mom came over and we started adding ingredients to the food processor, not really knowing what we were doing. We made a peach and mango salsa along with a regular salsa. We threw in some other CSA veggies like jalapeños and onions (yellow and white) along with a bunch of other stuff. Lemon and lime juice, peaches, honey mango, green and red onions, green bell pepper, garlic, honey, olive oil, white vinegar and sherry cooking wine were all throw in to one or both of the salsas. We were pleased with the results!
We also enjoyed our tomatoes in tomato basil quiche, tomato pie and bruschetta.
What are your favorite tomato recipes?