CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a great way to support local farmers. Plus, picking up a large variety of produce each week helps to ensure you get your servings of fruit and vegetables. I strongly believe in supporting local food, but it wasn’t practical for me to participate in a CSA this year.
Fortunately, I’ve been able to live vicariously through others as they enjoy the experience. I love hearing on Twitter and Facebook what everyone is picking up from the local farms. One of my coworkers is part of a CSA for the first time. She brought in one of her items to share, but wasn’t sure exactly what it was. She thought the farmer said “celery something” and some Googling revealed that this is celery leaf. The leaves and slender stalks are part of the celery plant. This herb tastes like celery, but without the stringy texture. The flavor is stronger than I expected, almost peppery.
I decided to put the celery leaf in a simple chicken salad wrap. I combined chopped chicken with a dab of mayonnaise, a dab of mustard, and chopped celery leaf, using both the leaves and stalks. Then I wrapped it up with some spinach, just to make sure there was enough green. It was a very tasty lunch, and the celery leaf really did perk up the otherwise boring chicken salad.
Thanks to MJ for sharing, and I look forward to hearing about next week’s pick-up.