Winter is Coming: The End of the CSA

Where did the last month go? Oh right

“Of course, some of us are happy with the outcome of the presidential election, while others are surviving on cupcakes and bourbon.”

– Stephen Colbert on the Late Show 11/23/2016

If, like me, you find yourself in the latter category then I highly recommend that you go back to my blog post on bourbon-chocolate-pecan cupcakes! I’m sure that this is what Stephen was actually referencing when he made that comment…

On to my actual topic for this blog post: this year’s CSA (Community Shared/Supported Agriculture) season has come to a close. It actually ended a couple of weeks ago but we still have a mountain of winter squash to get through. Somewhere in that last month I was so overwhelmed by a combination of schoolwork and the overflowing abundance of vegetables. I just kind of shut down and stopped using the produce altogether, hoarding winter squash at the weekly pickup because I knew that they could last for months.

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Braised Radishes & Bacon

Raw radishes are strong, to put it lightly. My husband was quite put-off by the uniquely spicy flavor that assaulted his senses when I showed him our latest CSA haul. I enjoy the sharp taste, but could not see myself stomaching the whole bunch shaved onto an endless succession of radish-y salads. Surely, I thought, there must be another way to enjoy these beautiful veggies.

Radishes are an ingredient that I had associated with health-nuts, believing that they were a vegetable to be tolerated for health benefits, but not enjoyed. I was doubtful (as you might be, as well) of the palatability of the cooked radishes that I came across while flipping through recipes.  However, I (and the two carnivores that I fed this dish to) can attest that it is absolutely addictive!

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