Carrie cooks up corn: Prairie Gardens CSA adventures

This week was a continuation of last week’s catch up cooking. I started off with corn from the CSA then I picked up a couple dozen more of classic yellow to freeze. And with the corn from my garden starting to fill in, my fridge was full to the brim. How to pick corn The first thing to look for … Read More

Spuds and Slaw: CSA with Carrie

My focus for this week was to catch up on potatoes and cabbage. If you have a family share, you know what I’m talking about! And the zucchini keeps on coming! The volume of zucchini that Tam has been able to harvest this year is impressive! I started off the week with roasted potatoes and rainbow carrots. This time, I … Read More

Beets, beets, good to eat! Carrie’s CSA adventures

Another bountiful basket I hope you all had extra bags in your vehicles to handle it all! The kids ate the crab apples on the way home, until their tummies were full. The beans mix, topped off what I had picked at home. They were all blanched and frozen together. Same with the peas. Tomatoes and cucumber all eaten up … Read More

CSA with Carrie: Bok Choi stir-fry and creamy dill potatoes

So much to work with this week! Cherry tomatoes, raspberries and strawberries were pretty much eaten up in the first day. Fruit does not last long around here. You would think we would have our fill of the raspberries since I’ve picked six ice cream pails of berries from my own patch so far. And I probably have two more … Read More

CSA with Carrie: Potato salad, Pico de gallo and Roasted pork and fennel

This week, we walked off the farm with Fennel, Basil, Cilantro, Peas, Baby White Potatoes, Saskatoons and Golden Raspberries, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Heritage Tomatoes and Zucchini. Quite a selection! This week was quite busy with birthday parties, play dates and going out to fill in some of that boredom summer time for the kids. As a result, I didn’t cook … Read More

CSA with Carrie: Arugula pizza, kale chips and lemony dill

This week’s pick up included: cut-leaf arugula, baby kale, spring onions, dill, sugar snap peas, Norland baby red potatoes and a snack basket of strawberries. There are some things in the weekly CSA basket that you use quickly because you know exactly what to do with them – and then there are new foods that might stump you for a … Read More

Strawberries Galore!

Carrie’s CSA strawberry muffins & jam I was floored when I was handed our family share of strawberries a couple Sundays ago! Whoo-hoo! Jam time! I didn’t make jam that afternoon because I wasn’t prepared – I ended up making a batch on Monday. Cooked strawberry jam Berries were washed, halved and hulled. You definitely do not want the little core … Read More

Carrie’s CSA adventures with Amaranth and Wheat berries

July 2nd’s CSA basket from Prairie Gardens contained: Amaranth Red Root Bunch, Lambsquarters (Fat Hen), Rhubarb, Edible Flowers, Oregano, Tea Mix (Pineapple Mint, Sage, Stevia), Oxalis, Multiplier Onions and Wheat Berries. This week I had success in creating something new for the family and I also had some hiccups. Let’s start with the items that didn’t go as planned. Transplanting … Read More

Carrie’s CSA blog: Sorrel and Rhubarb in June

The last pick-up included: French Sorrel, Chives, Lambsquarters (Fat Hen), Rhubarb, Red-Veined Sorrel, and a 4-pack of Marigolds. This pick-up was a good practice run for our new CSA members, just to get the feel of how the basic process will work for all the pick-ups, here on out. It’s so much fun! The rhubarb didn’t last long in our house. … Read More

Welcome to Prairie Gardens CSA blog!

My name is Carrie and I will be writing about my experiences and adventures with the CSA program. This is my second year to be apart of the program. During last year’s run, I started a blog called A Spoonful of Local because I was having so much fun with the baskets and I wanted to share those experiences. (Last … Read More