Scarf The Greens!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on June 17, 2010

Hey guys!

Hope you are having a fabulous Thursday. I am trucking along and trying not to get too stressed out that I am really behind in my preparation for Saturday’s market. I had a few set backs this morning! I’m really hoping the clock ticks a bit slower from now until Saturday morning.

I thought I would show you what wonderful goodies arrived in this week’s CSA! We have a lot of SCARFING to do!

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Eric and I both noticed that the volume of our half share has increased this week! Must be getting into the plentiful season!


We agreed it is impossible not to have a super clean diet when you have a CSA share. So many veggies to eat! Eric also said that he has noticed he has a lot more energy since eating less processed foods and more veggies. I think he is slowly discovering that good wholesome foods = happier Eric! I think when people make changes to their diet, they really have to experience the benefits first hand before they will believe it…

Apples, cucumber, green onions, garlic scapes (mhauhuaa), lettuce, fresh basil, etc.


Green Monster joy…


Afternoon breaks (with nut butter!)…


The lettuce is so light and fluffy…


The battle of the Green Onion and Garlic Scape! DUN, DUN, DUN!


My oh my.

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So dainty and delicate.




What is this?


I know you guys will pull through on this one for me, as always! :biggrin:

Also, can you believe I have never had fresh basil at home before?


Am I supposed to plant this? I do not have a green thumb, although I do try! Last summer I planted herbs (from the seeds) and they didn’t grow. Maybe I just did it wrong?

The basil smells SO good! Eric and I were drooling in the car over it.

I knew exactly what I wanted for lunch today….

A toasted sandwich with fresh basil, tomatoes, cucumbers, hummus, avocado, EVOO, pepper, and sea salt!


This was INCREDIBLE!!!! I almost died when I tasted how good fresh basil is on a sandwich!!!


Seriously, how did I not know this?


Liquid energy…for a busy baker.


Along with a Liberate GF + Raw Glo Bar! YUM.


This was one of my favourite lunches in a long time!

Well, I need to get back to work. Going to be a very late one tonight, so I will likely see you in the morning! Have a lovely day.

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Wei-Wei June 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm

All this produce looks simply amazing! And it shows in your lunch, too. I’m actually not a big fan of the smell/taste of basil… maybe I’m just not used to herbs? :SI don’t know what that veggie is, either! Anybody want to help out, here? :D

I hope you’re having a great day at the bakery! :)



Valerie @ City|Life|Eats June 17, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Great selection. It looks like your mystery green might be Russian Kale or Red Kale.


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday June 18, 2010 at 8:31 am

It’s a Mizuna which is like a mustard green. Kinda like arugula.


Layla June 17, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Looks like some type of chard, maybe?


Kristina June 17, 2010 at 2:29 pm

I LOVE fresh basil in everything… (my DOG is named Basil) I put it in my sandos all the time :)

YES plant it :) you can put it right in the ground if you have some good soil… or in a pot / planter. our basil lasts well into October, last year November, and I LOVE going outside and picking a few leaves for whatever I’m doing … :)

I am stumped on this one… I’ll look forward to what others say! :) Have a fabulous day, don’t stress, you’ll do it!


Erin @ A Girl and Her Mutt June 17, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Everything looks so fresh and yummy! Definitely looks like Russian Kale.


Leah @ Simply Fabulous June 17, 2010 at 2:31 pm

LOVE fresh basil on sandwiches! It’s the best. Paired with other veggies, hummus & a little mustard. Divine.

The strawberries we buy here are local and on the package they actually have the farmers name on it! Isn’t that neat? Fun fact :)


Elizabeth June 17, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I’m almost positive that’s red kale. If so, it’s delicious in a white bean/veggie soup. As for fresh basil… how have you been living without it, girl?! Try adding a handful of leaves to a green smoothie– it adds great zing. :)


mary June 17, 2010 at 2:31 pm

nom nom nom!! so lucky to have all those fresh veggies! :)


Jenn June 17, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Looks like Red Russian Kale to me! NOMNOMNOM


Trish @IamSucceeding June 17, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Not entirely sure but the greens look like a beet green, though not 100% the leaf is different from what I have had.

The rest of the produce looks amazing and basil..oh be still my heart. I always keep a plant on my window sill in the kitchen for using while cooking! I am no green thumb either but it is not hard to care for either.


Jaclyn June 17, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I am super excited for my CSA to start. Rain here has it delayed, plus the growing season is much shorter in Saskatchewan. I’m excited to see all the fresh, new veggies I’ll be getting!


Callie @ Callieflower Kitchen June 17, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Those apples look like they’re sooooo crispy and sweet! Your CSA greens look amazing – I really wish I could buy into one, but I move around too much and I’m not sure I’d be able to eat it all by my lonesome anyway :(

I never knew that there was an organic market in Oakville, but I might be passing through this weekend so hopefully I can get a chance to stop by and try out your Glo Bars, and maybe grab some org veggies while I’m there :)


Amber K June 17, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I tend not to buy fresh herbs because of the price, but that sandwich looks SOOO good!


Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty June 17, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Basil is so easy to grow, even on your window sill… just make sure to always leave some leaves, don’t use them all.

i’ve never seen that veggie before but it looks yummy!! Great haul!!


Kathryn June 17, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Yum! So much veg *drool*
The mystery green looks like purple mizuna to me


bitt June 17, 2010 at 3:08 pm

it’s kale! Put it in your green monsters.


Eimear June 17, 2010 at 3:14 pm

As already guessed above, it’s red russian kale. The colour goes a beautiful grey pink after frost but it’s good to eat at any time of year! I’m growing some at my allotment:)


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 17, 2010 at 3:15 pm

SUCH beautiful veggies!!! I am sending good thoughts your way– best of luck as you prep for your time at the market!!! I know you’re going to be a huge success!


stacey June 17, 2010 at 3:16 pm

It looks like the kale that I received in my CSA box yesterday. (I also got garlic scapes!) It was my first pickup and luckily the farm that I get it from sends out an e-mail explaining what everything is. I have never had this type of kale, but I made kale chips with it last night and they were the best batch that I have ever made. I was so excited!


Therese June 17, 2010 at 3:25 pm

That all looks sooooooo yummy!!!!!!!!!!! I bet those strawberries will be BURSTING with flavour!!!

Good luck this evening, you’ll do just fine!!


Veggielady4life June 17, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but I’m not really familiar with the CSA stuff. How did you find out about it and get involved?


Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches June 17, 2010 at 3:27 pm

I love basil on sandwiches. If you weren’t vegan, i would recommend having some on a mozzarella sandwich!. I wonder what the vegan equivalent of mozzarella is? If there is such a thing, try it with that! It’s delightful.


S @ June 17, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Hm… and I’d been thinking they were dandelion greens because of the spikey-ness. :)

Aren’t tiny strawberries the best? I lived in Germany for awhile and though I’d died and gone to heaven with all their fabulous, tiny, tasty strawberries. Sadly, even the organic ones at my grocery stores in Canada have been the size of my head! It just seems unnatural…


Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Oh my gosh that’s a lot of produce!!! I just got back from the famer’s market with some nice buys but nothing campared to what you got :D It’s like Christmas!


Victoria June 17, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Yum! All that veg makes me want to eat something tasty and healthy! x


Callie June 17, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Mmm. All those veggies look so good! I suddenly feel like going produce shopping tomorrow. :)


Kelly June 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm

I love fresh basil!!! It goes on everything in our house :)


Anne June 17, 2010 at 3:40 pm

That sandwich looks deeelish! I’m drooling!!

Good luck with getting everything together – I’m sure you’ll pull through with flying colors :)


sue June 17, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Don’t know what the veggie is, but plant the basil in a pot. Leave outside for the summer then bring in onto a window sill for the rest of the year.


Elle June 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Angela, your sandwich looks wonderful?

Curious… I am in the market for a new food processor… what do you use? I would like to do some of the raw dough cookies I am seeing, and of course, banana soft serve. Help? Thanks.


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman June 17, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I wish I could get a CSA delivery of just those strawberries. I’m dying for real, from-the-farm strawberries. Oh, and totally plant the basil. I don’t have a green thumb in the least and my basil is turning into a tree. Plus, it’s on my balcony without a lot of sun. I don’t think you can kill it.


Bridget June 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I have major produce envy right now! I’ve never heard of garlic scrapes until I saw them on your blog. They look very interesting!

Fresh basil is much better than dried. Glad you enjoyed it :)


Kelly @Mama Eats Plants June 17, 2010 at 3:58 pm

My guess is kale?? All that fresh produce and that sandwich is making me hungry….must put some freshies in my belly!


Helen June 17, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Produce overload! If I got that I don’t know how I would get through it all in a week! Im glad that Eric is realising the benefits of all those veggies, they are certain better than processed foods. I hope you feel like you have got somewhere today with your market prep, I so know the feeling of wanting the time to go slowly.


Nicole, RD June 17, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Oh my gosh, that basil is GORGEOUS!!! The spinach and apples look amazing, too! I have my own garden, otherwise I’d be in a CSA — I love the concept!


Becki Kregoski June 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm

What is the half share? Are you splitting with another family or does the CSA offer that?


AngelaOSG June 17, 2010 at 10:51 pm

The CSA offers a half and a full :)


Whitney @ Lettuce Love June 17, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Love all of the fresh produce! I love that it’s basil season. It’s seriously my favorite thing ever!


Ariana June 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Wow, it’s amazing how many veggies you eat in a week – looks delicious. I love veggies as well but I always get stomach issues if I eat to many of them. Maybe I will get used to them one day ;-)


Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm

oooh I love all of it! Especially the basil! You will have to make pesto, or a pizza, or both!!!


Leah June 17, 2010 at 4:21 pm

I just love fresh basil. Im trying (for the second time) to grow some, and I really hope I dont kill it this time. Its so great to have!

Ive been trying to find a CSA around here, there doesnt seem to be much. Im really hoping to find something though because its SUCH a good idea!


VeggieGirl at Farmer's Market Love June 17, 2010 at 4:23 pm

I think it might be dandelion greens?


Sara June 17, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Fresh basil is the BEST yum yum. No need to plant it, unless you wanted to grow it, but they keep the dirt/roots on it like that because it’ll stay fresh longer. I buy it like that at one of the health food stores we shop at. You guys should do a pizza thing with fresh basil, tomatoes and garlic scape! That combination is to DIE for (although I’ve only had it with actual garlic, but I’m sure the scapes would be awesome too) :)


Jenny June 17, 2010 at 4:45 pm

I seriously need to look into getting a CSA delivery to my apartment…


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm

I’m glad you got your garlic scapes!!!


lana June 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Could you pretty please post information on how to become part of a CSA? I’d love to get a box like that!!!
:) Thanks.


AngelaOSG June 17, 2010 at 10:51 pm

We use PLAN B Organic Farms


Amelia June 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Your produce looks awesome! My husband and I get a local organic CSA here in Charleston, SC and it is amazing to see what you are getting right now compared to what we are getting here. Right now we are getting: heirloom tomatoes, baby cucumbers, yellow squash, eggplant, lime basil, baby red potatoes, peppers, tomatillos, garlic, pole beans, and I think that was it for the week. It is so hot here that all of our leafy greens are done for the season. :( Isn’t it amazing how you feel if you are only eating what is “in season”?

I am going to have to say that your “mystery green” is kale. There are so many varieties of it. It holds up pretty well in the fridge for a while too. We were given so much that I think we had it for two weeks and it never turned. I absolutely loved mine when we were getting it. I made kale chips out of it as well as chopped it up and stuck it on top of pizza. So DELISH!


Kim June 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Amazing looking veggies! Funny that your cuke looks just like it’s from a store though, why would they put plastic around it?

I would for sure plant that basil, once planted it’s so easy to grow, it’s almost like a weed!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Fresh basil is the best! I love it on pizzas.


Jolene ( June 17, 2010 at 5:25 pm

I always grow fresh basil! It is so good to make bruschetta, or a tomato salad with some garlic, olive oil, and balsamic!


jvegegirl June 17, 2010 at 5:25 pm

It’s Red Russian Kale! Not as flavorful as curly or lacitano, but still good.


[email protected]:// June 17, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I’m strongly considering a CSA half share. I get a lot with my local organic produce delivery. But in the CSA you get an abundance.


Tina June 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm

I have to say hummus & fresh basil is one of my favorite combinations! so delicious! The only sad part is that every time i buy fresh basil is goes bad very quickly, more so than any other fresh herbs :( still yummy though! :)


Jess @ MTL Veggie June 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Wow, those veggies look incredible! I love your sense of creativity in the kitchen- so inspiring. I’m looking forward to seeing what other creations you’ll concoct with the garlic scapes :)
That basil looks awesome, I’m like you though, I couldn’t keep a plant alive if my life depended on it. It’s gotten to the point where I’ve given up because it’s not fair to the plants!


Jackie (Peaces of Earth) June 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm

It’s definitely some form of kale!

Why can’t I find garlic scapes anywhere?? I live in San Diego where the produce grows a plenty. I’m going to find them some how!!


Pure2raw twins June 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm

All the greens look great! That looks Red Russian Kale. It is yummy with avocado and lemon juice salad! Oh we love fresh basil we put it in everything…even green smoothies!! One of our favorite herbs!


Kasey June 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm

I’m totally jealous of all your fresh produce! And I’m drooling over that sandwich. Nothing beats fresh basil with tomato.


Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 17, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Oh girl, I tried to grow herbs last summer rwith the same result.. not so much a green thumb. I’m glad I’m not alone!!


Doitagain June 17, 2010 at 6:15 pm

One of the blogs I read just got a little basil bundle like that, with the roots in a bundle, at their Farmer’s Market. The person who sold it to her said to put it in a pot of water to keep it fresh while you use it. Im going to give that a try, because basil will not grow for me and I have quite the green thumb. Its so embarrassing! I just killed my 3rd basil plant so far this summer. Boo!


nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope June 17, 2010 at 6:23 pm

looks like a purple kale or mizuna?


callah June 17, 2010 at 6:27 pm

I’m curious, which farm is your CSA through? My box was nearly identical- just sub the mystery green for a few zucchini!


Katie June 17, 2010 at 6:31 pm

It’s Red Russian Kale – I have grown it in my garden for the past couple years. It doesn’t make as good of kale chips as Curly leaf kale does, but it is great in stir fries and green monsters.

I would have sworn for years that I had a black thumb, but I’ve been a gardening machine the last couple years. I just decided one year that with the amount of veggies I eat, I HAD to grow my own! Starting from seeds is hard though – I recommend getting some baby plants at a nursery and growing those. Herbs are easy to keep inside that way!


Allison @ Food For Healing June 17, 2010 at 7:16 pm

everything is so green and so amazing looking. Jealous over here!


Nomi O June 17, 2010 at 7:16 pm

CSA is such a good idea! I wonder if there is even something like that in Calgary?
For the herb (or any other kind of veggie, herb, lettuce of some sort), you can plant it, or put it in water, or just leave it. That stuff will last forever (or until you eat it all) I swear! At the market I work at, it is one of the most commonly asked questions.


Chelsey June 17, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Yum! That produce looks awesome – I need to look into getting some kind of CSA share! I’m hoping (and praying, and crossing all fingers and toes) that my fiance will begin to like eating REAL foods after we get married. Did it take Eric a while to get used to it?


Charlotte June 17, 2010 at 8:17 pm

You should put the fresh basil leaves in a GM! It adds a great kick…so does parsley and even cilantro!


Camille June 17, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Lunch looks so delicious and simple! I’m a big fan!


lisa June 17, 2010 at 8:51 pm

hey! Just found your blog off of Jenny’s, it looks great! It’s a real inspiration to see that although you struggled, you pulled through and live a great life! I’ll be checking back more often :)
and those strawberries are SO cute- so tiny!!!


Dee June 17, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I’ve finally just caught up with all of your blog posts! It was so lovely to read it all! I really love your banana soft serve I think. ;) I just need the courage to actually make them!


Paige @Running Around Normal June 17, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Nice stash!

Good luck beating the clock! I know you’ll pull through :D


Ashley June 17, 2010 at 9:43 pm

The photos are freak fabulous…hope you’re enjoying Lightrooooom :) Wish I could help you get ready for the market!!!


Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] June 17, 2010 at 10:29 pm

I second that.


Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] June 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm

I don’t know how you have time to write such detailed, beautiful posts and run your own business. Your days must be 48 hrs. long ; )


faith @ gracefulfitness June 17, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Fresh basil is amazing! I throw it on everything, salads, pasta (obviously), sandwiches, garnish soups, stirfries, EVERYTHING!
My favorite thing to do with basil is make brushetta by chopping up tomatoes, a few olives, loads of basil, and garlic (optional, I am not always in the mood for raw garlic but just a tad goes a long way), mix in a drizzle of quality olive oil, salt and pepper. I eat it on salad in place of dressing but it is delicious as a topper for bread or crackers (or rice, quinoa, pasta…).


jenny (Green Food Diaries) June 18, 2010 at 1:29 am

i’ve never had fresh basil ever before today either!!! i got some to put it in the blender for a raw soup (‘garden vegetable’). SO good! i love fresh herbs!

and you’re making me crave organic strawberries… i think i’m going to have to get some tomorrow from whole foods. you make me want to join the csa!


chrstine June 18, 2010 at 6:16 am

heidi swanson has a cookbook called Super Natural Cooking – she has a recipe in it for your beloved scapes…it’s a garlic scape soup and it looks AMAZING!!!


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) June 18, 2010 at 6:46 am

That looks like it may be Russian Kale… or maybe Beet Greens? Or mustard greens.
I’m not too good with identitfying them, I just eat ’em!

I LOVE the looks of that sandwich. So fresh & summery!!



Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition June 18, 2010 at 6:53 am

fresh vegetables make me so excited : ) haha


Holly June 18, 2010 at 7:15 am

If you like basil try adding some along with lemon to couscous or quinoa. It gives it a light springy taste and is really good! Sometimes I do black beans, quionoa, lemon, basil and add other herbs around the house.


jenna June 18, 2010 at 7:21 am

This sandwich looks so fresh and delish!! :) i love basil so much!! it goes with everything!!


Cynthia (It All Changes) June 18, 2010 at 7:47 am

I love how small good organic strawberries are. They are just perfect bite sized.


Jenna June 18, 2010 at 8:05 am

Love fresh basil! That sandwhich has pretty much all of my fav things. Good luck @ the market, can’t wait to hear about it!


Annie D. @ Annie's Simple Life June 18, 2010 at 8:25 am

I LOOOOVE fresh basil. When I have it, I put it on EVERYTHING.


Rachel @ Fit Fun and Fabulous June 18, 2010 at 9:07 am

Don’t forget to make some pesto with that fresh basil.



Cathy Breit June 18, 2010 at 10:24 am

first time commenter here, but i read quite often…..had to comment on your mystery green, because…I grow it!! :) it is a variety of Kale and it is an heirloom variety…I get my seeds for it directly through the “Seed Savers Exchange” which is an heirloom seed sharing company.


Wendy June 18, 2010 at 11:02 am

You should use some of your basil to make this AMAZING Avocado Pesto Pasta. I made it recently, but used toasted walnuts instead of pine nuts (because they are so freakin’ expensive) and I added a bit of baby spinach to cut some of the strong basil flavor. I can’t even tell you how good it is except that you want to lick your plate clean. I could not have imagined a pesto would be so good without cheese, but I was shocked….and so was my family, who are still meat-eaters! Also try it in wraps with hummus and veggies or spread on top of a vegan pizza with veggies. This pesto will blow you away!


Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) June 18, 2010 at 11:11 am

There’s nothing yummier (smelling and tasting) than fresh basil! :-)


bobbie (mymamaruns)1 June 18, 2010 at 11:43 am

You can put that basil right in a pot or in the ground and I assure you it will grow wonderfully and give you many glorious meals! I wish I was local to you and could check out your stuff at the market :(


Amanda June 18, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Nothing beats fresh basil. I planted 7 basil plants this year! If you can’t eat it all, be sure to let it dry out and then crumble it to use when needed. It is amazing compared to store bought dried basil!


Erin June 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I find it comical that your CSA gives you mystery greens for your blog readers to identify :) Mine gives out a nice newsletter with each box including a list of what’s inside and some recipes. Mystery greens could be kinda fun though. I was going to predict that you’ll fall in love with putting fresh basil in everything, but it seems that you already have!


CathyK June 18, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Good Luck at the market, Angela!
I’m in Waterloo…wish I was a tad closer so I could visit! All the best!!!


Susan June 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Eee, I hope it’s not too late to sign up for a CSA by the time I get to TO. My roommies and I are already pumped about it!! Which says a lot really, thankfully I’m living with people who get excited about vegetables too ;)


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