Farm to Table: Fall Peppers

There has been an abundance of peppers in my Hepzibah Farms CSA the past few weeks. Sweet peppers, hot peppers, bell peppers - I could go on like Bubba in Forrest Gump, but you get the idea. These peppers are tiny and adorable. You can't help but love them. They smell sweet and have boundless benefits. 

These cheerful little guys brighten up any dish. Having a variety of colors on your plate means a variety of nutrients, too! Most people don't even realize how nutrient rich peppers are! They are chocked full of Vitamin C, beta-carotine, B-6, and capsaicin. 

With all those benefits, who wouldn't want an abundance of these delicious peppers? The challenge is that there aren't a TON of whole meals centered around peppers, so I've had to get creative! My first thought was TACO NIGHT! Which isn't surprising, because I'm a bit of a taco addict. 

Over Labor Day, my dad and I teamed up in the kitchen to try a few recipes out. He made fish tacos. I made guac and roasted pepper salsa. I'm a big fan of that salsa. It was spicy and delicious! Three weeks of local CSA peppers goes further than one taco night, so we actually only used about 1/4 of the peppers I had on hand. So, I've found a few more recipes to accommodate our peppery season! 


Recipes

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

Personally, I LOVE to add peppers to salads, wraps, pastas or any veggie night! Their rich flavor gives you the ability to eat them raw or cooked. Gotta love that versatility! 

 

 

EmL + Hepzibah Farm

Hey hey! I'm really excited to tell you about my new Veggie Box CSA from Hepzibah Farms. A few years ago, I subscribed to a weekly veggie box from Freshfully, a local grocery. It was a total game changer. I attribute the majority of my health and dietary changes to green smoothies and veggie boxes. Finding a farm I trust and purchasing a CSA membership has been on my to-do list for over a year now, so I am thrilled to partner with Hepzibah Farms and check this off my list!

Eating seasonal, local produce is important to me and having a weekly box overflowing with fresh, local fruits and veggies makes it fun and easy to do. Most boxes range from $20-$25; so financially, I found they save me money and trips to the grocery. Centering meal planning around what produce is available that week ensures that I'm working with healthy, plant based recipes on a daily basis. I love being introduced to produce I've never tried and learning about the different cooking methods. So far, I think persimmons were my favorite veggie box surprise! 

I understand there is a certain level of uncertainty involved in making full, nourishing meals from a box of veggies. It definitely gets easier with practice - PROMISE! Below is a snapshot of a dinner I made from Week 2:

  • Grilled Eggplant - dusted with olive oil, salt & pepper
  • Spiralized squash lightly sautéed in butter with onion*, tomatoes, and garlic (*I already had butter & onion on hand)
  • Ground Beef - this was left over from the hamburgers made over the weekend, so it was super easy to add into the mix!
The Hepzibah Flower CSA + my poorly photographed veggie box meal.

The Hepzibah Flower CSA + my poorly photographed veggie box meal.

Each week, I will share photos, recipes, nutrition, or general information about the produce from my CSA to help you guys see how easy it is to make a veggie box work for your household! Please share comments and questions! I'd love to chat with you!