I love the CSA that I joined this year. It’s only June and I’ve had more variety than all of last year. I have to admit though, that last year was a bad year for produce in southeast Tennessee. First we had the late (and long) freezing weather in April and that was followed by a drought, plus it was the first year for the CSA. Not a good year to try and get a CSA off the ground. So, anyway, this year we joined one that has been established for a while Rise N’ Shine organic farm out of Calhoun Georgia.
This weeks pick-up contained kohlrabi. Aren’t they pretty? I had no idea what these were, having never even seen them before. After searching the net for a while, I concluded that a cold slaw was probably the way to go. Especially since there was a gorgeous bunch of fresh radishes also included. For even more color, I added some shredded carrots. I have no idea of measurements here, it was two kohlrabi, a bunch of radishes and 3 carrots. I made a sort of pickling solution out of 1 1/2 cups water, 3/4 cups white vinegar, 3/4 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt from
Quick & Easy Vietnamese: 75 Everyday Recipes (Quick & Easy). It was very good. The kohlrabi sort of has a radish like flavor.
Like a lot of other people, I have started trying to buy more organic and humanely treated meats and poultry. I decided to try the pork chops, which came from a local farm. Yes, they were more expensive than the pork chops you pick up at the grocery store, but they were amazing. They were unbelievably juicy and moist and the flavor was fantastic. No, we won’t have these as often as we could if we were buying the mass produced pork, but we will enjoy them more when we do have them. I saw the picture of these gorgeous chops on Everyday Food. I used the marinade ingredients and marinated them for an hour in the fridge, let them come to room temperature for 20 minutes and then grilled them over medium high heat for 5 minutes per side.
(makes enough for 4 pork chops)
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 garlic cloves, minced