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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    Personal Bests

    5K - 23:28

    10K - 52:35

    15K - 1:38:14

    1/2 Marathon - 1:57:39

    Marathon - 3:50:58

    A Look Back.

Special Delivery.

I’ve been waiting for a package on my doorstep all afternoon.  Packages are a pretty common occurrence here, as we are both quite addicted to Amazon Prime and loathe shopping in person.  Shampoo on my doorstep in two days for free vs dragging a baby out to the store?  Don’t mind if I do!  But today’s delivery was something different…

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We joined a CSA!  I have been wanting to join a CSA ever since I worked on an organic farm in North Carolina two summers ago.  I love the idea of supporting local farms and businesses, as well as having a variety of fresh produce delivered straight to my doorstep. 

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Whenever I go to the grocery store, I tend to buy a lot of the same things over and over again.  I thought joining a CSA would help us mix up our dinners and our meals a bit more.  I’m also looking to streamline our grocery shopping.  I tend to go to like five different stores – one place for produce, one for pantry, one for bulks – and it’s not a very efficient use of my time or energy.

We’re using New Roots Organics, which happens to be right around the corner from my old house in Fremont.  With New Roots, the fruits and veggies are selected for us each week based on what’s in season and available, but we have the ability to sub things in and out based on our preferences. 

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Let’s check out our first haul!  First up – greens.  One bunch red leaf lettuce, one bunch red chard, and one bunch of giant spinach leaves.  We can never have too many greens in our house – these will not last long.

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I opted for the mixed bin – both fruits and veggies – since I wanted a bit of both.  Today’s bin included this container of GIGANTIC strawberries.  Hard to believe these are organic!  Most of the organic berries I buy at the store are itty bitty.

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Underneath all the greens on top, the rest of the goodies were lurking…

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Three teeny tiny avocados.  I added these in (can’t remember what I subbed out) because I wanted to mash some up for baby food this week.

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Also, local Anjou pears!  These will also likely become baby mash.  Hope he likes them!

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One pound of gypsy sweet peppers.  What should I do with these?  I need ideas!

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The total box included the following (all organic and local)…


  • 2 lbs red new potatoes
  • 1 bunch purple beets
  • 1 red leaf lettuce
  • 1 red chard
  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 1 lb crookneck squash
  • 1 bunch broccoli
  • 1 lb gypsy sweet peppers


  • 2 peaches
  • 4 Fuji apples
  • 4 Valencia oranges
  • 1 lb strawberries
  • 6 bananas
  • 3 Hass avocados
  • 6 Anjou pears

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For $39.50 total, I think that’s a great deal.  Plus I love knowing that our money is supporting local farms and a local business, and it’s saving me trips to multiple grocery stores.  I’m looking forward to sharing our adventures in cooking our way through the CSA haul each week.

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We are off to the neighborhood Friday night market for vegan bean tamales, a round on the baby swings, and hopefully some fresh cut flowers.  Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday weekend!

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alex     at 8:43 am

we love New Roots! i was always so happy with their products


Meagan     at 8:14 am

That is a great deal! The red leaf lettuce looks fabulous! An idea for the peppers: roast them half way and then stuff them with diced cauliflower, raisins, capers, chopped cashews and curry spices, and roast until all cooked through and warm. Do you do cheese? I can’t remember, if so, add some grated parmesan on top :D


Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats     at 10:33 am

So I finally signed up for a box (better late than never right?) and put you as my referral. Hope you get some credit out of it!


Emily Malone Reply:

Oh awesome – thanks so much, Robyn!


Daily Garnish » Blog Archive » Baked Kohlrabi Chips.     at 1:44 pm

[…] I had a huge drawer filled with beets that I collected last week at various markets and through our CSA.  And then Cullen took a long nap and I got all excited about meal planning and doing food […]

Delishhh     at 3:20 pm

My last CSA i had to go to a pick up and pick up my produce, just read about your here so i canceled my old and just signed up to yours – sounds so much better! Thanks for the info!


Weekend. | Easy And Healthy Meals     at 10:18 am

[…] our cart.  It is sad how much I enjoyed family Friday night grocery shopping.  We had our CSA bin delivered on Friday too, so our fridge is now PACKED with all sorts of amazing produce.  […]

Daily Garnish » Blog Archive » Weekly Meal Prep.     at 6:56 pm

[…] food for us to eat that week.  It varies from week to week, depending on what comes in our CSA delivery, or what was on sale at the store, but the basics tend to stay the […]

Elise @ Expeditions of Elise     at 11:53 am

Hey Emily! Would love to check out this post but for some reason the photos aren’t loading! Not sure if it’s something on my end (I use Chrome) but your other posts are loading fine. Just wanted to let you know.


Emily Malone Reply:

Thanks for the heads up! I’ll fix it tonight!


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