CSA Week 1: Farm Fresh Recipe Ideas


By Laura Judd, RD & Jennifer Kong, Nutrition Student

Here at Sargent Choice, we feel so lucky that the BU Farmers Market brings fresh produce right to campus. Our first CSA box from Ward’s Berry Farm looks delicious and we haven’t even started cooking yet!


This week’s CSA included:
Strawberries, Red Russian Kale, Spinach, Lettuce, Garlic Scapes, Radishes and Scallions.

In celebration of the first CSA pickup from Ward’s Berry Farm and Boston University’s Farmers Market, we have compiled a list of delicious recipes to take advantage of the beautiful spring fruits and veggies all week long!

Red Russian Kale:
Red Russian Kale & Red Onion Savory Breakfast Squares
Kale Chips If you’ve never had kale chips before, you are in for a treat. As the name of “thekitchn’s” blog post promises, it will be difficult to not eat your entire bunch of kale after baking them in a zesty apple cider dressing, magically turning your fluffy leaves of kale into crispy kale chips. Using just a few ingredients you probably have in your pantry right now, you can have these naturally tasty and healthy snacks in a few minutes!

Kale is also a great addition to any stirfry, pasta toss or salad.

Garlic Scapes:

Don’t know what to do with the crazy, octopus-like garlic scapes from the CSA? The New York Times has a recipe for White Bean & Garlic Scapes dip that is perfect if you’re planning on packing a lunch to share with friends for a picnic in the park. It makes a great accompaniment to some homemade whole wheat pita chips, or even as a spread on your favorite sandwich!

White Bean & Garlic Scapes Dip with Whole Wheat Pita Chips

From what we’re reading online, people love garlic scapes in just about everything – chop them thin and add them to stirfrys, on top of pizzas, into a tossed salad, your morning omelet, any side dish or dip.


Whipped Goat Cheese & Radish Spread
Asparagus & Radish Salad

Spinach and Ricotta Salata Grilled Pizza
Spinach & Strawberry Salad
Spinach & Radishes


Strawberry salad Fruity salads call summer to mind, and with the first day of the season just around the corner, why not try incorporating your CSA strawberries, radishes and greens into a colorful salad with this recipe from Food52!



Alli Mars posted on June 10, 2011 at 6:14 pm

This looks delicious! I’m so jealous I didn’t get a CSA box..I might have to make all these recipes anyway!

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