We're over a quarter-way through the CSA summer season and the quantity and variety is definitely increasing each week. Between my trip to the farmers' market on Wednesday, my container garden and today's CSA box, I may have overestimated how many vegetables we can eat.
Today's box included: kohlrabi, summer squash, sweet onions, carrots, purslane, swiss chard, and basil. I've seen summer squash being given away at work recently, but that's the one item I never have trouble finding a use for. There are so many summer squash recipes that I love.
I'm always intrigued when I find something in my CSA box that I don't recognize. I took the photo below and asked on Facebook if anyone knew what it was because the newsletter hadn't arrived yet. It turned out to be purslane, which is considered a weed, but can be eaten as a leaf vegetable.
The stems, leaves and flower buds are all edible, and typically eaten on a salad or stir-fried. I found an article called Weed It, or Eat It? interesting, if you're looking for more information on purslane.
After unloading my CSA box, I focused my attention on my container garden. Some containers needed more soil, most plants needed to be harvested, and a couple needed to be composted.
My chives and cilantro did not survive the past few hot, dry weeks, despite my twice daily watering. Everything else is looking pretty good, and I love seeing the tomatoes and chili peppers turning red.
I like seeing the droplets of rain on the hot pepper plants even more than the color change. After 6 weeks without any rain, we got nearly an inch over a 3-day period. I've never been so happy to see gray, rainy skies.