Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Now back for round two...

Kiwiberries "Actinidia arguta"

After years as a subscriber to the Two Small Farms CSA, we gave up our subscription. It's been nearly two years since our last box, but today a new box arrived.

We recently subscribed to the Capay Organic CSA, Farm Fresh To You.  Their model is different: you can customize the content of your box (within the range of what's available), they offer a variety of delivery schedules, a variety of box options, and year round home delivery while maintaining the connection to a local, organic farm.  We're excited to give it a try.

This week's box contains:

  • Gala apples
  • Valencia oranges
  • Kiwiberries (pictured above)
  • Bartlett pears
  • Red leaf lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Kale
  • Red potatoes
  • Baby broccoli

The kiwiberries were completely new to me - I'd never even heard of them.  As you can see in the photo below, they really are just like little kiwifruit.  The taste the same, but their skins are edible.  Imagine a kiwifruit with the skin of an apple and you've got it.

These, along with the apples and oranges, will be eaten out of hand.  I expect to make minestrone with the carrots, green beans, kale and potatoes, and a main course salad with the pears and leaf lettuce by adding some gorgonzola and toasted walnuts.

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