Winter CSA – Box 6 – Staples and those @#$%^&* Gophers

This week we got staple groceries: mixed salad greens, collard greens, cute little carrots, oregano, garlic, six onions (6!), dried garbanzo beans  🙂 and 4 cobs of popcorn.  Oh, and a chunk of what must have been an extremely large squash.


I haven’t tried to pop the popcorn yet, but I have 8 or 9 now, so we should be on track for movie night later this week.   I tricked my husband into watching “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” last weekend (“Would this be considered a musical?” he asked), so I guess this weekend we better go for “True Grit.” 😉

These cute little carrots make picture perfect roasted carrots.

With Walnuts and Balsamic Reduction

With Walnuts and Balsamic Reduction

The salad greens, garlic, onions, and oregano are all pretty much re-stocking of the pantry, and I am glad my husband didn’t buy more onions at the grocery store today.

My husband ordered collard greens in a restaurant last week, and now I have to prove I can do better than Famous Dave!   At least I can count on him to eat his greens without too much fuss.

My farmer wrote this week explaining how he is running short on some items because gophers got into his greenhouse and he lost 15% of his carrots.  It is a bummer he says to count on your carrots and start harvesting only to find they come up half eaten!

Winter farming is hard.  😦

But I am glad he tries.  🙂

I haven’t used dried garbanzo beans before.  Hummus, deep fried garbanzos on salad;  I’ve always used canned.  What ideas do you have for the dried garbanzos?  I am always open to try something new.

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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4 Responses to Winter CSA – Box 6 – Staples and those @#$%^&* Gophers

  1. Very clever to roast the little carrots–I’m jealous of you getting a winter share!
    If you have an excess of onions–think about caramelizing them in the crock pot. Dorothy over at ShockinglyDelicious has an excellent tutorial. I freeze my extra caramelized onions in 1/2 amounts.
    I have never taken dried garbanzo beans to fully rehydrated, but I do tend to toss canned garbanzos into stews and meals to replace some of the meat. I made a chicken and chick pea version of FoodieWithFamily’s Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala over the holidays.

    Apparently I’m all about the slow cooker this morning.

    • csamom says:

      We never have too many onions at my house because we use them in breakfast potatoes, taco meat, salads, etc. Since we are in SE Washington, we are spoiled by the Walla Walla sweets. 🙂

      When we do have carmelized onions in the house, I put them on everything until they are gone. Once I ate almost exclusively carmelized onions and ham for a week: on sandwiches, with eggs for breakfast, with pasta for dinner. It is the perfect combo.

  2. Hmmm … those dried garbanzo beans might be good with a little lemon squeezed over them with some hot sauce like Tapatio. In Arizona, we learned to do this with Japanese peanuts. Very addictive! At first we thought it was weird, until we tried it!

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