What’s in the Box? Summer 2012 CSA Week Four (Plus a Bonus Pukey Puppy Story!)

When we received our last CSA box, Madison was drought central. Soon after that post, though, Mama Nature decided to relent a little and granted us with a few rainstorms. Although the much-appreciated rain can’t undo the damage already caused by lack of water, they’ll definitely help some crops in the area perk up and start producin’. In the meantime, our farm continues to provide us with lots of tasty treats.

A big ol' basket of veggies - sweet corn and basil feature prominently among them.

I spy with my little eye… sweet corn!

This is one of our most bountiful boxes yet! We received:

  • Basil
  • Beets
  • Bell peppers (green & purple)
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Muskmelon
  • Summer squash
  • Sweet corn
  • Sweet onion
  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini

YES! It’s the first of the sweet corn! We found nine ears in our box and demolished four of them last night. ;) S and I don’t have a grill, so we roasted them in the oven – so, so good, especially when paired with sauteed tofu, summer squash, and bell pepper. I was also pretty excited for those melons.

Close-up of a watermelon and a smaller yellow muskmelon.

Cheeky watermelon!

I wasn’t familiar with muskmelon, but after devouring about half of it last night, S and I agree that it’s indistinguishable from a cantaloupe. And really, who cares about the nomenclature when you’ve got a sweet, juicy melon to enjoy?

If it seems like S and I are being a bit gluttonous, making a decent dent in our stash on the first night we welcomed it home, you’re right. But we have good reason – like I mentioned in my last post, we’re heading to Rhode Island tomorrow, and we’ll be there for five days. So we want to eat up some of our goodies before leaving them to languish in the fridge. I’m sure most of the veggies will last just fine, but we definitely want to use up that eggplant tonight!

In fact, I had grand plans last night to whip up some sort of cold pasta or grain salad for lunch today, something that would use up a ton of the veggies, and I wanted to make zucchini bread as well. Feel free to insert your favorite cliche about the best laid plans or good intentions or whatever, because Moria had other plans for us. She swallowed a good inch or two of a corn cob (totally my fault – I let her gnaw on it and then didn’t watch her closely), which is apparently Not Good because corn cobs are not digestible and can get stuck in a doggie’s innards. I ended up bringing her to the emergency vet when I couldn’t make her vomit on my own with a dose of hydrogen peroxide (per the vet’s instructions!). After the vet gave her a stronger emetic, she puked that corn cob right up. She’s fine now, and never will I ever again give her a corn cob. ;)

Anyway, that affair took up most of the evening, so I nixed my plans to make a salad. I did make a zucchini bread, though, and put together quick fruit salads with watermelon and muskmelon. So that’s something!

Anyway, this’ll probably be my only post until next week – I doubt I’ll have time to post when I’m in RI. We’re also taking a day trip to NYC to visit one of S’s friends, and I’m really excited about that – I haven’t been to the city for maybe five years, and never as a vegan. You can bet we’ll be hitting up Lula’s Sweet Apothecary for some vegan ice cream, but what other vegan-friendly joints should we try? Blossom seems like a must-visit…

What delicious dish should I make with my remaining veggies? Where should I go in NYC? And what else should I avoid giving my dog?! (I swear I’m usually a responsible pet owner!)

Curious about what other folks are getting in their CSA boxes this time of year? Check out the What’s in the Box? link party for this week!

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