In Our Grocery Bag: Week 5

Yes, my friends … it’s that time again.

Time for another installment of … what’s in our CSA!


As usual, this week’s Mac’s Local Buys CSA share was filled with tons of great foodstuffs from some familar names and some new ones as well.

First up … our vegetable share from Three Rivers Community Farm (Elsah, IL). In this week’s grocery bag, we found 2 pounds of red-skinned potatoes, 2 white onions, 1 pound of carrots, 2 Italian eggplant, 2 pounds of zucchini and summer squash, 2 cucumbers, 1 bunch of basil, 1 head of lettuce, 2 pints of cherry tomatoes, and one bag of slicing tomatoes. In other words, ALL THE VEGETABLES!

The tomatoes, onions, carrots, and basil have already been turned into a delicious spaghetti sauce that my dad couldn’t get enough of. The eggplant is going to become eggplant parmesan tonight, with some roasted zucchini served alongside. So far, so good!

Mac's Local Buys Week 5

New to our MLB experience … a whole chicken from Button Wood Farm (California, MO)! Buttonwood Farm was established in 2010, and they raise both turkeys and chickens (and bees!). All of their birds are raised on pasture and fed all-natural feed.

There’s nothing I love more than a beautiful roast chicken, and I think that’s what this Buttonwood Farm chicken is destined for. Hmm, we still have potatoes from this week’s share … roasted chicken and potatoes … destiny indeed!

Mac's Local Buys Week 5
An old favorite in this week’s share was the dozen eggs from Yellow Wood Farm (Hermann, MO), and a new favorite was the French baguette from Red Fox Bakery (St. Louis, MO). All of the breads from Red Fox are slowly and naturally fermented, making them flavorful, durable, and nutritious.

I think this baguette is going to become the base for one of my favorite salads ever — panzanella — and who’s to say you can’t top a panzanella salad with a poached egg? Not I!

The last item in this week’s share was a 16-ounce tastebud-tempting tub of kimchi from Kitchen Kulture (St. Louis, MO). Kitchen Kulture operates at the Tower Grove Farmers’ Market, offering an ever-changing menu of locally-sourced, prepared food each week … trust me, you’ll want to seek them out for their tasty wares!

Mac's Local Buys Week 5

Well, that’s it for this week, folks. The Chef and I will be on vacation during our next CSA pick-up so my cousin has graciously agreed to pick it up for us … perhaps we can convice him to write a guest post about his culinary adventures with our CSA share!


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  • Kristy Gardner

    Goodness! I wish I had an animal CSA! I’m looking into getting a cow share or a pig share or both now that I’m in Vancouver again – especially when I hear all the great things you’re getting Kimberly. Gorgeous food shots btw 😉

    • Kimberly

      I have to admit … I do love our CSA! And thanks so much … I was pretty tickled to see how these shots turned out!