Not our backyard garden

For Christmas my parents got us a gift certificate to a local CSA farm called Johnson’s Backyard Garden. For those who aren’t familiar, CSA stands for community-supported agriculture. The idea of a CSA is that you, the consumer, become a member of a particular CSA and pay in advance for a box of freshly harvested produce that you pick up every week or every other week. So, instead of going to the farmers market or grocery store and picking out exactly what you want, you get what the farmer grows. This means that you’re always eating stuff that is local and in season. It also means that sometimes you get a box of beets, which aren’t Andria’s favorite. 🙂 Fortunately, we have friends to take the beets off of our hands.

CSA Veggies

Our last CSA box of the season from Johnson's Backyard Garden - full of tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, eggplant, beans, peppers, cantaloupe, and herbs. OH MY!

We chose to use our gift certifcate this spring (May – June) to supplement our own backyard veggies, and we’ve been quite happy with the way things have turned out. As you can imagine, our fridge has been overflowing with vegetables, and it has been a challenge to use them all (and we get a box every other week!). So, we’ve been branching out and trying new recipes. has a huge variety of recipes that you can search for based on ingredients, which has been extremely helpful.

Last night, we tried out a recipe for gazpacho from our friend Daniel. This week’s CSA box was filled with tomatoes, and because we’ve got our own tomatoes ripening as we speak, we decided that we needed a good tomato-heavy recipe. The box also had cucumbers, onions, and peppers, and, combined with garlic and carrots from our own garden (and bread from HEB), we had everything we needed. The gazpacho was delicious, and man did we feel healthy after eating it!

Blair making gazpacho

Adding the cucumbers and tomatoes to the blender


Gazpacho preparation

The cooked ingredients - peppers, carrots, and garlic

 We’re planning to take a break from the CSA for a little while, so that we make sure to eat all of our own stuff, but chances are good that we’ll rejoin when our crops are all harvested. Ultimately, the goal is to be able to fill our box with stuff in our backyard, but we have to be patient for that.

Homemade Gazpacho

The finished product - nice and chunky


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ross on June 20, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Nice. We just had our first tomato show up. Tiny little green guy.


  2. First I think a gift certificate to a CSA is about the coolest gift anyone could ask for! Second, your delivery looks great and I love gazpacho (although never remember cooking it or putting carrots in it).


    • Posted by Andria on June 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm

      Hi Tammy. Thanks for stopping by to peruse the blog! You’re right; the CSA membership was the best gift we got for Christmas! Your blog reminds me of a book I’m reading, “A Homemade Life,” by Molly Wizenberg. In it, she offers up stories from her life and shares recipes at the end of each chapter that remind her of those memories. I like how you personalize your posts and give readers recipes at the end to try. I think I’ll post some more recipes we’ve played around with using CSA veggies. Thanks!


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