Thursday, July 16, 2009

Turf's First Cooking Demo

On Saturday, July 11th, Turf CSA members and friends were treated to a wonderful cooking demonstration by Iris (Turf’s Chef), Lydia (Turf’s youth volunteer) and Erika (Turf’s high school intern). The cooking team prepared two fresh salads and two salad dressings using ingredients commonly included in our weekly farm share and ingredients found in one's pantry.

With culinary skill and a sense of humor, Iris filled large salad bowls with wonderful fresh ingredients such as romaine lettuce, carrots, onions, from our share, in addition to sweet oranges. A balsamic vinaigrette and a citrus dressing, perfect for salads on warm days, were also prepared by the cooking team.

Everyone truly enjoyed this cooking demonstration and the time and effort the cooking team put into making everything just right, along with answering questions from members and friends. This was Turf’s first cooking demonstration and it was a big hit and a moment for members to come together and enjoy good healthy food together.
by Michael (Turf CSA member)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Turf CSA--Week Three

Turf CSA has been providing residents of Parkchester farm produce for three weeks. Every Saturday, Turf’s dedicated volunteers and youth interns arrive at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at 8am to greet our csa farmer (the Rogowski family) and arrange the produce on tables before our csa members arrive. CSA members receive a weekly portion of their share, 7—10 vegetables and one dozen eggs. This time of the year, kale, Swiss chard, romaine lettuce, carrots, beets, turnips, Chinese cabbage, bok choi, green garlic, peas, garlic scapes, cilantro and chives are in season and belonging to a csa offers members opportunities to cook and eat these local vegetables when they taste their best.

This Saturday Turf will be hosting our first cooking demo. CSA members will learn how to prepare summer salads and salad dressings. The demo will also offer nutritional information, cooking tips, recipes, and suggestions on how to save money and time when preparing summer salads.