Saturday, June 18, 2011

Table"scapes" from the CSA

Veggies as decor?  Yes!
The second I saw these at our CSA I gasped, "They're so beautiful and curly!"  I knew I would want to display them so I popped them in a glass pitcher with some water.

When I first got them home I couldn't, for the life of me, remember what they were called.  I recalled them being mentioned in Barbara Kingsolver's book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, but the book was borrowed so I didn't have it as a reference.
I knew they were some word that began with an "S".  So I went to Google and entered:  How to cook "snipes".  No.  I think that's a bird.  "Snapes"...wait, isn't that the guy from Harry Potter?  "Skypes".  Definitely not that.  SCAPES!  They're scapes.  Maybe my post title will help me remember it from now on. 

I wish I would have thought to use my veggies as decor before I cooked the kale.  That stuff is beautiful.  Delicious?  Not so much.  Maybe I cooked it wrong, but mine had the texture of neoprene.

And can we talk about the zucchini?  Oh my gosh it is so delicious.  I've never had zucchini that tastes so good.  This little display won't last long... these cuties will be fries tonight.

Here's my lettuce.  Gorgeous and yummy.  Yep, lettuce has got it goin' on floating around in that water all sexy and such.

And the peas!  So good I eat them raw.

Here are a few more pics.
And one more of the scapes

Before I go, I have to let you know how happy I am with our CSA (community supported agriculture) at Gorman Farm.  This is our first year being a part of a CSA and I love it so far!  You can find a local one to join here.

And here is a recipe I found for scape pesto.  Can't wait to try it, but I'll miss having them on my table.

Now go put some veggies around your house!


  1. Hey! Just wanted to invite you over to share one of your wonderful recipes at my link party- Savory Sundays!! Have a great week!!

  2. This is really cool! Following from the Monday Mom blog hop :).

  3. Love your veggie decor! Also just wanted to let you know that I featured your wreath on my blog today! Stop by @ and grab your featured button! Hope you share your veggies too!

  4. Such beautiful veggies so artfully arranged. Joni

  5. What a fun post! I love the idea of veggie tablescapes :)

    I nominated you for the Best in Show award on my blog this week. Be sure to vote! Good luck :)

  6. These are really pretty! We order food locally too and really enjoy it.

  7. So lovely and creative.. Following ya from blog hop.. Loving your space here.. ;))

  8. Wow, veggies look so great in glass! Love the curly scapes:)!

  9. LOVE garlic scapes. OUr favourite ways to eat them is on a homemade pizza or in a nice pasta salad.

    Great ideas.

  10. ooo i do like it!!!!

  11. Sexy lettuce, yer killin' me! I love you and I love your CSA tablescapes! It really is kinda sexy.

  12. Scapes are new to me, but what fun! Great photos and I'm checking out the CSA link to see if one is in my area.
    Great post.

  13. This is such a great way to decorate! My parents are farmers, and yet I never thought to celebrate what they create as art. Thanks for changing my perspective.
    Stopping by from kojo design's link party.

  14. This is great! I've always thought vegetables were sooo pretty.

  15. Ooooh, I'm really liking this! The zucchinis are my favorite.
    (Saw this on TT and J)

  16. What a great idea! Never would have thought of this so thanks for sharing!

  17. Lovely! Look at all that fine greenery! Maybe this will even get me eating more veggies! ;)

  18. Tee hee, you were crackin' me up with those scapes! What incredible produce you received in your CSA box! I bet those scapes would look really cool in an arragement with some purple kale too!

  19. BTW, what does one do with scapes, culinarily speaking, of course?


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