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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

CSA Bounty

The day flew by and I got out of work a little later than usual.

Greeted by some bumper to bumper traffic on the LIE.

Turns out there was an accident on the opposite side of the LIE...I am heading EAST...the accident was in the Westbound lanes.  Rubber Necker's.

Call Sue to tell her I am in traffic and will go straight to Bayport to pick up our farm share.   Today is the first week of our CSA - Community Supported Agriculture.  We opted for a full share of fruits and veggies from now until around Thanksgiving.

This day in history "On this day in 1933, eager motorists park their automobiles on the grounds of Park-In Theaters, the first-ever drive-in movie theater, located on Crescent Boulevard in Camden, New Jersey.
Park-In Theaters--the term "drive-in" came to be widely used only later--was the brainchild of Richard Hollingshead, a movie fan and a sales manager at his father's company, Whiz Auto Products, in Camden. Reportedly inspired by his mother's struggle to sit comfortably in traditional movie theater seats, Hollingshead came up with the idea of an open-air theater where patrons watched movies in the comfort of their own automobiles. He then experimented in the driveway of his own house with different projection and sound techniques, mounting a 1928 Kodak projector on the hood of his car, pinning a screen to some trees, and placing a radio behind the screen for sound. He also tested ways to guard against rain and other inclement weather, and devised the ideal spacing arrangement for a number of cars so that all would have a view of the screen."

The only park-in theater I can think of was on Sunrise Highway.  Coming from Queens, there were no drive-ins  that I knew of.

Now we watch movies at home, order them on demand, have them mailed to us, watch them on our cell phones.  Why anyone would watch a movie on a phone is beyond me.  Now, being able to pause, rewind, go to the bathroom, pop your own corn in the microwave....all good..

So with all this modernization, their is a revival of old.  Its called sustainable living, whole foods, healthy lifestyles, and fitness.  In an effort to go back to basics, I have started jogging, biking in local trails, bought an empire pass to get into the State Parks.  I have always liked to have my own garden, and wish I could raise backyard chickens.

I like to cook and try new foods so decided to join the CSA.  This will provide locally grown, organic items, and from what I discovered today, some things I have never cooked or even heard of.  Among my newly acquired bounty, was Lettuce, Radishes, Broccoli Rabe, Garlic Scapes, some other leafy things I am not sure of (maybe swiss chard, and some other spicy tasting leafy thing).   Maybe I should have paid more attention.  Some more common and easy to identify are the two type of peas, snap peas and those flat snow peas, and a couple of pints of the best strawberries.

Dinner was going to have to use some of these items.  So , fresh salad with radishes.  Grilled chicken topped with fresh saute broccoli rabe and garlic scapes.  I opted for a sandwich with the grilled chicken, broccoli rabe and mozzarella.

Everyone liked the fresh fruits and veggies.  Oh yeah, there are a couple of stalks of rhubarb....

Looking for recipe to use the rhubarb, and perhaps the other leafy items that may require cooking.

Photo of the day "CSA Bounty"








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