The Outback Steakhouse wasn’t the first to coin the term ‘Bloomin’ Onion’. Believe it or not, the true thing exists outside of a deep fryer, and straight from the ground. It has a real edible flower (a purple one, no less), real nutrients, and a fraction of the calories (understatement).
Behold, the real blooming onion:
These little beauties came to my kitchen via the CSA our office has with Good Life Farm. This local haven is less than 30 minutes from our desks, and delivers our shares in a Farmers Market-style Friday afternoon set-up. Last week, we were greeted with mustard & collard greens, cute-purple-flowered onions, onion chives, large leaf spinach and huge (by our grocery-store-standard) leaf kale.
Fresh greens were aplenty in our kitchen this week! They starred in many meals.
Left: another favorite from our first share, baby radishes & spinach.
D & I purchased a “half” share, splitting with my coworker, Leah. This gives us enough fresh-from-the-farm veggies to feed two people for the week, until at least October. After only the second round, I now know my cells will be bursting with pride (ahem, nutrients) until late into the Fall season.
We’ve heard tales of corn by the box, strawberries by the pint, eggs if we choose, and an open invitation to visit the farm – to pick our own veggies & fruits! – at any time. My 10-year-old self can’t believe I’m counting the days til fresh tomatoes land in those salads and atop summer sandwiches.
If there’s any way to learn what fruits & veggies are in season and when, this is it. We’ll be spoiled with the best of the best.
This is the good life.
Are you part of a CSA?
What’s coming in your shares these mid-Spring days (or, from your grocery basket)?