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CSA Scout: This Farm Delivers

When I was looking around (dare I say scouting?) for a CSA this year, Karl's Farm of Pisgah, Md., stood out because it offers delivery to Dupont Circle. Last year, every Tuesday afternoon was taken up by worries about getting to the Bull Run Mountain Farm dropoff site on P Street in time to avoid a line. I also was up for trying a different farm, so I figured that this year I'd let the produce come to me instead.

Karl's sells half-shares for spring/summer for about $350, plus another $100 for delivery to any Dupont address, and I just got mine last night. I was still at work at about 7:30 p.m. when the call came. My building's buzzer is connected to my cellphone, so I was able to buzz the driver in remotely, and he left the bounty at the (unstaffed at that hour) front desk. When I got home an hour later, it was waiting for me: a beautiful half-bushel basket. Inside were:

My delivery from Karl's Farm. (Joe Yonan -- The Washington Post)

-- 2 large red beets
-- 1 giant daikon radish
-- 2 Hakurei turnips
-- 2 D'Avignon radishes
-- 4 spring onions
-- a handful of sugar snaps
-- about 1/4 pound of mesclun mix
-- 2 ounces of broccoli rabe
-- 1 sprig each of sage, lemon balm and oregano

Not bad for Week One! After a month of asparagus, I'm so done with that, so I'm excited to see the sugar snaps. I'm going out of the country on Friday, so it will be a struggle to use up everything before then, but my housesitter will appreciate having some of it, I'm sure. I know how I'll start: with a mixed green salad I'll take to work for lunch that includes the mesclun, radishes, onions and quickly steamed sugar snaps, along with some steamed new potatoes from my weekend market visits. Tonight, I'll roast the beets and perhaps braise the turnips, using the sage and oregano; but what about the daikon, the rabe, the lemon balm? Maybe I'll take another run through the Local 16 community herb patch tonight and make this Rosemary Lemonade. I'm sure my house- and petsitter will appreciate having that to sip on in the hot week to come.

Any more ideas for me?

-- Joe Yonan

By Joe Yonan  |  June 3, 2009; 2:00 PM ET
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Hmm...I had a pretty awesome daikon "noodle" salad once at a raw cafe. It was sliced really thinly and tossed with carrots and cucumbers and I think a sesame dressing. Nice for hot days...

Posted by: lizlemon | June 3, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

My CSA starts in two weeks and I can't wait. I posted a really easy and tasty recipe of sauteed chicken apple sausage with anchovies, garlic and spinach. However, it's also out of this world with broccoli rabe. Just be sure to blanch it first.

It's on my blog Almost Slowfood - - posted under the title Easy, Breezy, Beautiful...

Posted by: PeggyBourjaily | June 3, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I love the pickeled daikon and carrots that come with the grilled pork at Nam Viet, yummm, so you could pickle the daikon.

Posted by: emunsey | June 4, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

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