What a great Autumn week. We received our first CSA basket that will last us two weeks until the next delivery. Our basket was full of yummy veggies and fruit which were mostly locally sourced. I made some great pumpkin fries and roasted up the seeds. I don't know why I never had roasted pumpkin seeds before, but they are definitely a new favorite. Speaking of pumpkin seeds, I may just need a little snack to get me through this post!
I still have 3 pumpkins, 3 butternut squash and 2 other small squash left. Looks like I know what we are eating all week! I think dinner tonight will be roasted pumpkin and quinoa!
CSA Basket plus extras from Walnut Creek Farm
- 9 pears (not local)
- 8 plums (not local)
- 2 avocados (not local)
- 1 mango (not local)
- 1 big bunch of collards greens
- 1 bok choy
- 1 big bunch of spinach
- 1 pumpkin
- 1 butternut squash
- 1 sweet dumpling squash
- 1 acorn squash
- 3 onions
- 2 big red beets
- 2 apples
- 8 sweet potatoes
- 8 regular while potatoes
- 4 tomatoes plus a large bowl
- 3 zucchinis
- 1 medium bunch of broccoli
- 2 large parsnips
- 12 carrots (extra)
- 1 small basket of mushrooms (extra)
- 1 dozen farm fresh eggs (extra)
- 1 bunch of spinach
- 2 cartons of organic orange juice
- Peanut butter in bulk
- 2 cans of chickpeas
- 2 bags of sprouted pitas
- Vegan Chocolate Chips
- 1 loaf of millet bread
- 3 bunches of Bananas
- Medjool dates in bulk
- Granola in bulk
- Friday we went to Mellow Mushroom with some friends 50.00
- Sunday at the Texas State Veggie Fair 19.00
Our friend Ruby gave us a pumpkin, lots of peppers, a bag of fresh picked pears and a jar of pear preserve (she made) when we stopped by for a visit and drop off the compost. Thanks Ruby; you are too sweet just like the pears!
I took our composting to our lovely friends this week-end and totally forgot to weight it. The little bin we use was pretty much filled to the top. I am thinking it was probably 10 lbs or so like last week. I am so in love with composting. I feel great knowing Ruby is going to have lots of great soil for her garden after the winter and of course none of the scraps ended up in a landfill.
Not much recycling to report this week. The one thing I am going to try and reduce is the amount of Kombucha I purchase, even though they come in glass bottles. You see there are only so many glass bottles I can reuse for water. The way I look at it, even if they come in glass, they still need to be recycled and recycling uses energy and lots of water. I think I am going to attempt to make my own Kombucha. Wish me luck!
This was the best trash week so far; our trash was almost empty! I am proud to say we only had the fruit stickers, 2 plastic banana wraps and 2 small pieces of plastic from the orange juice. So, needless to say we were unable to weight the trash again.
We finally filled up the car this week since we arrived; 53.06 and 53 L (14 gal) later. We ended up traveling more this week. I went to a friends, J.P met up with friends and we went to Dallas for the Texas State Veggie Fair. The total distance travelled was 532.7 km (331 mi) which is still so much better then J.P driving to work every single day.
The State Veggie Fair was so much fun. We each had 2 vegan corn dogs and they were delicious. We brought our own glassware, of course. So, we did not use a plate and their was only the 4 sticks which are compostable because they are wood. I bought a glass of Kombucha in my reusable cup.
I feel as though as the weeks progress, we are slowly finding our groove. We find that most of our money goes towards food. We both believe that the food we eat is important and would rather put our money into to paying extra for organic and locally sourced foods.
I will let you all now next week how my pumpkin and squash recipes turned out! I think I will be on Pinterest a little extra this week scoping out pumpkin recipes, but really, who am i kidding, I would have been on that site regardless.
To the Pinterest Pumpkin Patch I go!