My First CSA Box From Basket of Life Farm!

Goodies from Basket of LIfe Farm!

So today I went to Basket of Life Farm to pick up my first CSA box.  I had no idea how close to me the farm was – less than 10 minutes away!  The people are friendly and the farm is great.  Just behind the “sorting shed” where the CSA pickup is, I could see tons of chickens just happily running around.

Now, they say that the first box is always the smallest, so Heather at Basket of Life Farm told me that she made all the CSA folks homemade strawberry jam for a little something extra in the box.  The box also included a half dozen eggs from their chickens, garlic scapes, adorable little onions, a bunch of yellow squash, and a bag of cornmeal.  The cornmeal is organically grown in Holmes County at Stutzman Farms.  It looks fantastic, and I can’t wait to make some polenta!

The first thing I made from the box tonight was a garlic scape pesto – I haven’t actually eaten it yet, so I’ll post pictures later.  I did try a taste, though, and it’s good!  I’m thinking some pasta this weekend…

As soon as I post this, I’m going back to the kitchen to make some compound butters – one with thyme and garlic scapes, and one with sage and green onions.  Yummy!!

Here’s the garlic scape pesto recipe I used (I added some basil leaves as well, since I had cut the basil plant back yesterday and needed to use up the leaves):

Garlic Scape Pesto

6 garlic scapes, chopped
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated Asiago cheese
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup pine nuts
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Place the garlic scapes, Parmesan cheese, Asiago cheese, lemon juice, and pine nuts in the bowl of a food processor. Drizzle the olive oil over the mixture. Blend until the pesto is a brilliant green color and smooth in texture. Season with salt and pepper. 

12 thoughts on “My First CSA Box From Basket of Life Farm!

  1. Elyse

    Ooh, thanks for the garlic scape pesto recipe. I have a few leftover from last week and my pick-up is tomorrow. What a great way to use them!! And a yummy looking box, indeed!

    1. Melissa Post author

      It seems to be sweeter than regular pesto, which makes me think it might be good on shrimp or scallops. Let me know what you think if you try it!
      I’m really digging the garlic scapes – They’re like a lighter, more summery version of garlic!

  2. Jessica

    How fun! I love the jam and cornmeal additions. Herbed butter is so good… I may have to make some this summer with the parsley from our Community Garden plot here in Missoula ! 🙂
    Enjoy your cooking !

    1. Melissa Post author

      I think I may make some garlic bread with the garlic scape/thyme butter. I don’t see how that can possibly be bad!
      I love that you have a Community Garden – so awesome!

    1. Melissa Post author

      Linked up! And I love the idea on your post about making zucchini fries. I usually just grill them with olive oil, salt and pepper, but I want to try something new with these. Thanks!

      1. inherchucks

        Thanks Melissa! I love to grill zucchini too. I usually get a bunch of different veggies (squash, red bell pepper, onion) and marinate them with fresh herbs, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and grill them. Then I chop them all up and serve it as a grilled veggie salad…delish 🙂

        Looking forward to hearing how you like the fries!

  3. Carolyn Galizio

    I am definitely going to make the pesto! And some compound butters too. Kim has made them before because we miss having fresh basil so much, and then we plant too much and can’t possibly use it all! I am so happy that you got Jessica to hook up with us, too. Tom and Jeff, Jessica was Melissa’s first friend and they are still friends to this day. Now let’s find Kara…..

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