Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday - A joyous June welcome!

I am joining Susan, A Southern Daydreamer and many other bloggers for Outdoor Wednesday. Check out Susan's blog to see them all. Today, Susan is showing her beautiful hydrangeas.

It's always exciting to receive the first harvest of organic veggies from the garden at the farm. From their dirt, to our table, in less than 24 hours! This is our third year as members of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) at a local organic farm, and every week I pick up our box of weekly vegetables that includes a variety of 8-12items. We pre-pay for the season, and receive a weekly box of organic veggies during the harvest season June through October.

This week's spring bounty includes:

The seedlings are basil, tomato and parsley. So tall and healthy.

Everything is fresher-than-fresh, and makes dinners easy. This recipe is so easy and tasty, you might like it too.

Spinach salad (Be sure to seek out the strawberries at your local farms!)

1 bag fresh spinach torn into pieces
1 pint strawberries halved
1/2 cup slivered toasted almonds

1/4 sugar
2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
1 Tbsp. poppy seeds
1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar

Look for my weekly posts with recipes on Tuesdays during the harvest season.

I forgot I had these Oneida dinner plates with strawberries, so of course, I had to use them for the salad!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Love the spinach salad recipe - have a similar recipe that I make all summer long!
    I wish someone in my area would do a "veggie box" ...being organic is a definite plus!!

  2. My family loves strawberry spinach salad too! I look forward to your veggie box creations this summer, Debbie!

    Cute Farmer's Market basket!

  3. Debbie, you're fortunate to belong to such a good CSA. Loved seeing your weekly CSA boxes last year and look forward to this year's.

  4. We eat organic when possible, and there is just no beating it! The taste is better not to mention the fact that the veggies have more nutrients.

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday and healthy eating! Thanks for the recipe!


    Sheila :-)

  5. Hi Debbie,
    There is nothing that can compare to organic food, I am so glad that you are able to get yours through this co-op. I am so blessed that I live on a farm and am able to grow my own. If you lived nearby I would be so happy to share with you as I always have such an abundance.
    The strawberry salad looks so delicious, I will try it thank you for sharing.

  6. Happy Outdoor Wednesday Debbie! Less than 24hours? Oh my! The salad sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

  7. It looks a sounds yummy. My strawberries are just coming up. HAPPY ODW

  8. How fun...wish we had access to such a bounty. Wonderful post with a yummy recipe. Happy Wednesday

  9. Hi Debbie, what a lovely post....so refreshing!! Happy Outdoor Wednesday.


  10. Your salad sounds delicious and I loved your pictures. Thanks for sharing them with us. Have a wonderful day.

  11. Hi Debbie,
    What a nice post! I love your quaint Farmer's Market basket. Your strawberry spinach salad looks wonderful, thank you for sharing.

  12. Love...love...love the basket...darling!!! I love fresh and organic!!! Your produce looks amazing and I want that salad right now!!! I wish you could send it throught the computer;)!!!

    Wonderful post!!! Happy Outdoor Wednesday!!!

  13. mmmm that spinach salad looks yummy, and as luck would have it, I am growing both spinach and strawberries! Thanks for the recipe.

  14. Show us the strawberry plate! :)
    I would eat everything in your basket this week..except the asp and dh loved them!
    What kind of seedlings did you get?..
    Great idea, market basket post every week

  15. How lucky you are to belong to a CSA - I wish there was one here, the closest one is 30 miles away and they have a waiting list to get in.

    We are fans of strawberry salad too - your dressing is different but sounds great. I want to see the plate's strawberries too :)

  16. Kathleen and Marsha, I posted the strawberry plates just for you :-)

    Thanks everyone for stopping by and leaving your thoughtful comments!

  17. I don't remember those plates! I love them!
    Thank you for showing it to me...:)

  18. I do love strawberry spinach salad and I think Paul Newman has a raspberry vinaigrette that goes with it very well. We also add chopped walnuts.

    I like how you get your organic veggies. We have farmer's markets popping up all over and also have a section in our grocery store for locally grown vegetables. I am happy we have this awareness to support our community.

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!!


  19. Fresh is good isn't it? I am doing something similar this year. I thought it was a CSA at the time I signed up but it turns out they get some of their produce from other places..but all organic. This was my first week to get a share. They deliver at my work, which is very convenient. With them you don't have to prepay the whole season but they have your credit/debit card and each week you participate they charge you. So if you go on vacation, etc you don't get charged. I am hoping there will be more local stuff as the season progresses, but the fruit was very fresh and lettuce was awesome. I loved seeing your haul last year..look forward to more this year!!


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