Iron Creek Farm CSA, Week 1
This past weekend we managed to get to the Green City Market before it rained and picked up our first box of vegetables for our Iron Creek Farm CSA. We picked Iron Creek Farm for a few reasons: they are a USDA certified organic farm, we could pick up our share at the Green City Market, and the price for a standard and winter vegetable shares is more than reasonable. We also signed up for their winter vegetable share for $270 that will run from October 16 to November 18. Our grand total was $840 for 24 weeks of produce, which was payable in four $210 installments.
They still have some CSA shares available and will prorate the price if you purchase one anytime this summer. Other than Green City Market, they also have Chicagoland pickups at the Brookfield Market, Andersonville Farmer’s Market, Oak Park Farmer’s Market, Wicker Park Farmer’s Market, Evanston Farmer’s Market, and the Chicago Downtown Food Stand. Here’s the sign-up.
Since this is our first vegetable CSA, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. The week before they had Boston butter lettuce, asparagus, and heirloom tomatoes (which they specialize in), all which had incredible flavor. So when picked up our box, here’s what we received:
(I’d like to thank my parents for having such as great tablecloth for me to use as a background…)
- 2 heads of Boston butter lettuce
- 3 zucchini
- 6 English cucumbers
- 1 eggplant
- 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
- 4 heirloom tomatoes
- 4 tomatoes on the vine
That day we grilled the zucchini and made salads from the heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce. With the eggplant I think I’m going to make tortang talong, a kind of filipino eggplant omlette.
We’re probably going to be inundated with tomatoes in the upcoming weeks, so it’ll be interesting to see how we cope.
Looking forward to next week’s box!