I rejoined a CSA this summer after figuring out that I could take on a ‘core’ position (a group of about 15 people who run the CSA – each with distinct manageable jobs) in lieu of doing farm and distribution shifts. This CSA has built into it a principle that every member should experience the ‘work’ of vegetable farming and distribution so they know where food comes from etc. I love the premise though the farm work doesn’t work so well with a kid in a wheelcair and walker – but that’s another story.
We have been getting a lot of chard and kale. My meal of choice with this (aside from winter stews and it’s SO not the season to make those) is chips.
They are easy peasy to make. I cut each leaf off the stalk, and spray one side with olive oil and cut into chip-sized pieces. I spray one side with olive oil (I have a mister – if you don’t, put leaf chips – from the whole bunch – into a bowl, add a Teaspoon or two of olive oil and toss/mix to coat). I place them on a cookie tin – in a sinle layer with the oiled side down, and then mist the other side. I sprinkle a bit of salt on top-and pop into an oven at 250deg. for 10-12 minutes.
Out they come and then I proceed to inhale them
I have been tossing the stalks into the compost bin though if anyone has a better idea I will try it!