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I’m a full 3 weeks, 4 weeks, well, let’s just say I’m WAY behind on my Adventures in Produce posts. The thing is, I’m not really that sad about it. This has been a frustrating project for me for several reasons, and I’m happy to throw it under the bus. All my fault, for sure, but frustrating nonetheless.

The problems that stand out most in my mind are:

  • Logistics and Time Constraints – I simply didn’t have the time I wanted to put together these shots. Everything seemed rushed. I didn’t really anticipate the craziness of walking in the door from work and trying to set up and shoot the weekly produce picture with kids were underfoot in the 30-45 minutes I had before dinner. Additionally, Kate was sometimes needing some of the produce we got for that week to cook dinner.
  • Lighting – I was extremely frustrated with the lighting in my house. Our house doesn’t get a lot of natural light, and the little we do get is difficult to work with. I was having all sorts of issues with exposure and white balance that I just didn’t have the time to mess with in the short period I had to take the pictures (see item one).
  • Equipment – When I started this project, I fully expected to be purchasing the beginning of my strobist-inspired lighting equipment. I planned on having at least one strobe, one lightstand, and one umbrella with which to light. Er, yeah. . . about that. We had a couple of unexpected expenses this summer. Air conditioning, medical bills, auto stuff, hi-def television. . . you know, all essentials. What’s that? YOU try saying no to your wife when she tells you that it’s okay for you to go buy a replacement TV. I mean really, the GALL of that woman! Kidding hon, TOTALLY kidding. As an aside, now that football season has started any buyers remorse I had over that TV has been magically cured. Funny, that.

    So anyway, the flash equipment purchase got put off indefinitely, and I haven’t been experimenting with any of the light stuff I wanted to experiment with.

  • A Generally Disappointing CSA Experience – In general, I have been a little disappointed by the quality of the produce we’ve gotten from the CSA. The fruit has generally been very good, but I have not been thrilled with the veggies, and we have gotten a couple of items that have been downright dreadful (the green beans from a couple of weeks ago qualify). Being not super-enthusiastic about the produce we were receiving made me even less motivated to take pictures.

    That being said, we LOVE our trips to the farm to pick our own produce, and the farm itself is a really fun place to visit. I’m not sure if we’ll do the CSA again next year. We still have a month or so of late summer and fall produce to go, so I’m going to withhold final judgement until it is all said and done.

So as of now, my photography goal is to get caught up processing all the pics that I’m backed up on by a couple (almost 3?! Ack!) months. I’m not even considering another “project” until I get caught up on the family shots.

Because this week’s CSA photo was so pathetic, I thought I’d share some pics from a previous dish that we made with our CSA food. The only CSA item in this dish was the peaches. The blueberries were a supermarket special. The “mint” garnish is really basil from our garden. Next year I’m planting mint just to use as dessert garnish. The recipe is from The Art of Simple Food, by Alice Waters.

Peachy Blueberry Crisp
Peachy Blueberry Crisp - Ready for Eating!
Eating the Peachy Blueberry Crisp

I’m really not happy with this week’s picture. Boring, hazy, and generally uninteresting. Exposure and white balance are a little off, and I didn’t have the wherewithal to fix it in post. As an apology, a bonus week 9 post is forthcoming.

CSA Week 9

CSA Supplies Received:

“Donut” Peaches
Classic Freestone Peaches
Cabbage
Squash
Zucchini
Cucumber

We got the fun flat “donut” peaches in this week’s delivery. I was going to put them on the bottom of the fruit basket and see if I could convince Simon that they got “squished” by the other fruit, but he saw them before I could pull my practical joke.

CSA Week 8

CSA Supplies Received:

“Donut” Peaches
Classic Freestone Peaches
Cabbage
Squash
Zucchini
Cucumber

This week you’ll get a double dose of Adventures in Produce, as I just got around to downloading and processing the pic from the 7/16 delivery. I’ll do another post with today’s delivery. Try to contain your excitement.

CSA Week 7

CSA Supplies Received:

Sugar King White Peaches
Shiro Yellow Plums
Har Grande Apricots
Squash
Nasturtiums

Yeah, I got a bit behind in my produce adventures. Additionally, I don’t really have an shots of any of the actual DISHES we ate, so this is purely a catch-up post. Below are the haul from the last three weeks.

CSA Week 4

CSA Week 4

CSA Supplies Received:

broccoli
lettuce
parsley
snow peas
spring onions
collard greens

CSA Week 5

CSA Week 5

CSA Supplies Received:

broccoli
beets
green onions
peas

CSA Week 6

One difficulty in doing this CSA project are the ravenous beats (read: children) that live in my house. This week’s shipment contained more apricots, plums, and peaches than are shown here, but the little rascals got to them before I could get home from work and snap a picture.

CSA Week 6

CSA Supplies Received:

beets
cucumber
apricots
plums
peaches
yellow squash
basil

This week’s Adventures in Produce is brought to you by the letter “I”. “I” as in “Illness,” which is the reason this is nearly one week late (and also the reason the most recent Mary picture is MIA). The weekly Mary picture will get processed and posted later tonight.

Broccoli and Pesto PastaCSA Week 3 Supplies

CSA Supplies Received:

Broccoli
Lettuce
Spring Onions
Strawberries
Basil

Dish: Broccoli Penne with Pesto Sauce

Recipe as per Kate: “Ummm…there’s penne pasta, steamed veggies, vermouth, pesto, and a little parmesean cheese on top.” Okay, I guess that’ll have to do!

Pat’s Recipe Rating

3.5 stars. Very Good.

Notes

Kate used the Broccoli and basil from the CSA to create the previously described yummy pasta dish. OK, if I HAVE to be honest, the basil for the pesto was from basil we already had growing in our garden, but for the purposes of this project, it’s farm-grown basil!

CSA Week 2 Supplies - Dill and AsparagusCSA Week 2 Supplies - Swiss Chard
CSA Week 2 Supplies - Asparagus and StrawberreisCSA Week 2 Supplies - Spring Onions

CSA Supplies Received:

Swiss Chard (replaces Spinach lost due to wilting)
Spring Onions
Asparagus
Strawberries
Dill Plant

Cheese and Swiss Chard Pancakes

Dish: Cheese and Swiss Chard Pancakes

Using the swiss chard from the CSA, Kate adapted a “Cheese and Spinach Pancakes” recipe from The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook. It was yummy, but not fabulous. I do think spinach would have worked better in the dish than the Swiss Chard.

Pat’s Recipe Rating

3 stars. Good.