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Remember when I complained about this rainy June we’ve been having?

Well, it hasn’t stopped.

I picked up our CSA box in a monsoon. When I pulled up to the (outdoor) market, I actually checked out Frodo’s car seat to see if it could be adjusted to fit our farmers’ baby girl. It could, and I was going to insist on bringing her to my warm and dry house. We’re right on the way home for them, so I put myself on standby like that. She and mama stayed home, though. Dad wasn’t so lucky.

Since I got drenched to the bone from just picking up the CSA box, let’s have a look at the pretty vegetables inside, shall we?

Chard

In addition to some head lettuces (not pictured), we have another round of rainbow-colored chard stalks. Like I said before, the kids eat chard if you give it some kid appeal! Focus on the colors. Kids dig colors.

Hello, kale!

My favorite cruciferous leaf, glad you could join us again this week. You’re getting a little massage again like the last bunch, but instead of a sweet vinaigrette, you’re instead getting a caesar treatment, with parmesan and anchovy.

Mesclun greens

We always have a big salad for lunch on farmer’s market day. We pick up around 11am, so we’re tearing through our farmer’s market purchases when we get home. A few nuts, some radishes and leftover chicken, the balsamic vinaigrette that’s always in the fridge, cubed gouda from two stands down, and lunch is served.

csa mesclun
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Garlic

In other words, the beginning or end of every meal ever made in my kitchen. This is fresh garlic, before its outer layer has cured to a papery consistency. Garlic of this stage puts to shame the months-old heads from the grocery store bins.

Zucchini and zephyr squash

I haven’t decided what to do with these yet. Although we tend to put the hot meals on hold through the hotter parts of summer, I’m thinking these would be happiest on the grill with some thin slices of it’s buddy garlic up there. Or, if the rain would take a break, we could finally get camping and give these a little char over the campfire!

Dill

In our house, dill is typecast as smoked salmon and cream cheese’s bestie. Because, is there a better combination in the world? If there is, I’d like to know about it, please and thank you.

csa herbs
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Cilantro

The last bunch got sprinkled onto everything. This time, I think I’ll showcase it in my mojo sauce. Taco night!

The boxes are starting to get some heft to them as the season progresses. I’m really hoping the downpours aren’t wrecking the tomatoes. Sara’s tomatoes are something special! When one crop doesn’t like the weather, another thrives, so we’ll have a happy, full box either way.

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