Decision making can debilitate me. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten better at making decisions, but there are still moments in the grocery store when I panic. Red peppers or green? Organic or conventional (frantically pulling up the dirty dozen list on my phone)? Shrimp, chicken, beef, or eggs? Dark chocolate (I always buy the chocolate)?
Enter the CSA, a nod to a simpler way of life. There are many reasons to join a CSA: supporting small farmers, the element of surprise, eating local and in season, the list goes on. But for me, the most exciting part of a CSA is that produce decisions are made for me: the produce that is picked that week is the produce that I eat.
Josh and I picked up our first share of season from Stone Soup Farm, a coop in Massachusetts. This week, our share had scallions, swiss chard, mixed greens, spinach, bok choy and white Hakurei turnips. This summer, I’m going to post a recipe using produce from our CSA once a week, and roasted turnips with miso brown butter is the first installment. Brown miso butter is no joke; full of a umami, salty and slightly sweet flavor, it’s the perfect sauce for root vegetables. Feel free to use it with whatever veggies came in your share this week.