Winter CSA Box 5 – Its all about the greens

Good thing I have learned lots of ways to use greens, because we got A LOAD of them this week.


The box included swiss chard, collard greens, beets (with greens), turnips (with greens), a bag of mixed cooking greens, a winter squash, shallots, and dried thyme.

I  combined the swiss chard and the collard greens in one cooked side dish along with potatoes and a smoked roast my husband had cooked.

They accused me of pandering because I cooked the greens with bacon this time.  No crazy spices or fruit, just something I knew they couldn’t resist.  I admit it.  I was pandering.  We have a lot of greens to consume, I wanted to get started without any complaints.

Greens with Bacon & Onions

  • 2 slices bacon, cut into half inch slices
  • 1/2 c. chopped sweet onion
  • 1/2 t. minced garlic
  • 1/2 t. thyme
  • 2 lbs. greens, stemmed and rinsed

Cook the bacon over medium high heat in a deep pan, like a dutch oven.  I used my cast iron chicken frying pan.  When the bacon is crispy, set it aside on a paper towel lined plate.

Add the onion to the dutch oven and cook until the onion is browned, then add the garlic and cook until it is fragrant.

Then add the thyme and greens, cover and cook, stirring occasionally until the greens are wilted.  I am always shocked at how a huge bundle of greens cooks down to such a small quantity.



I also have to add a funny note about the mixed cooking greens we’ve been getting with our winter CSA.  My husband was unpacking them one day and commented that he thought they look like weeds; he is pretty sure he saw something in there that looked like knapweed.

So we have started calling them “mixed weeds” instead of mixed greens.  🙂

Also, please go look at what others are cooking with their CSA veggies at Heather’s InHerChucksparty.

About csamom

Living in Eastern Washington State for the past 15 years, I appreciate the wonderful produce we have available here. I am a working mom, with the typical active family. We have two children, a cat, a fish, and a snake.
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9 Responses to Winter CSA Box 5 – Its all about the greens

  1. Mixed weeds . . . love it! Wait until you see the “birdseed” I picked up at the Asian market. I’m going to need more than bacon when I introduce that to my family.

    I’ve never thought to add thyme to my greens, but you know the thyme and sage from the last farm share are STILL peppy in the crisper, so I’m tossing them into whatever I can think of these days. The snow blanket that had covered my Swiss chard since Christmas finally melted a few days ago, and now it’s in the 50s (?), so I can harvest the perkier stems for my own Greens w/ bacon and onions.


  2. I’ll get your house smelled so delish! My mouth started watering at “add the onion”. I love all the ingredients here but I’m not sure I would like the texture of the cooked greens. Sure is pretty though!!

    I wonder what will survive this hard freeze we got last night? I was sitting at my kitchen table with a friend last night, doing some crafts and all of a sudden my feet got cold and I got a chill that I couldn’t shake. I said “it must be getting colder outside”. She checked her phone and it said it was 20 degrees. Brrrr! The greens are not gonna like THAT kind of weather!

    • csamom says:

      I watched the Denver-Ravens football game yesterday, and they kept telling us it was 15 degrees and falling there. So our 23 degrees didn’t seem so bad. At least I wasn’t working outside…

  3. Tammy says:

    We are inundated with greens too! I throw the mild ones into smoothies in the morning and the throw the others into everything else – and bacon makes everything easier for my family!

  4. sk says:

    I’m pretty jealous of your mixed weeds! My CSA box pretty much only has root vegetables and hardy squash in it this time of year. The recipe looks delicious!

  5. inherchucks says:

    Nothing makes greens yummier than some good ole bacon 🙂

    Thanks for sharing and linking up!

  6. Pingback: What’s in the Box? #58 | In Her Chucks

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