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.|