September 13, 2012

Gruber Farm CSA Week 1 / Honey Balsamic Green Beans & Onions

It’s finally back! In the beginning of the Fall CSA, I expected to see the last bit of the Summer harvest. I was right!DSC_0190 (1024x731)

Week 1:

  • sweet potatoes
  • cucumbers
  • okra
  • green onions
  • corn
  • apples
  • green pepper
  • zucchini
  • yellow squash

Oh, the variety! On Tuesday, I immediately dug into the box and baked some sweet potato fries to have with dinner. Later I had an apple for dessert. It really is amazing to taste the difference in quality with local produce.

For dinner Wednesday evening, Amanda brought over homemade turkey meatloaf. To accompany it, I made a new green bean recipe.

Honey Balsamic Green Beans and Onions



  • 1 lb. fresh green beans
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium heat. Add the beans and blanch them for 2 minutes. Immediately remove the beans from the water and add them to an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Drain.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and green beans. Cover, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover, then stir in the vinegar, honey, onion powder, and salt and pepper, to taste. Cook to desired degree of doneness, about 5 minutes.

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Don’t let the blanching step fool you; this recipe is pretty darn easy to make. After adding the balsamic and honey, the onions begin to caramelize which gives the dish an overall sweetness. We loved it and would definitely make it again.

What’s your favorite green vegetable?

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  • I just signed up for a CSA and am loving it so far! You can really tell the difference in quality AND it is now forcing me to eat more veggies. Can’t let that expensive stuff go to wast!

    • That’s exactly how I feel about my CSA. Glad you’re liking yours too. 🙂

  • Krista Bledsoe

    All that fresh produce looks great! I should look into joining my local CSA. And, I definitely need to try that green bean recipe. It looks delicious!

  • That recipe looks delicious. I always put a vinegar of some sort on green beans (or anything green for that matter:) 

  • Love that green beans recipe! I’m usually really boring and just steam mine. 😛

    My favourite green veggie is a tie between kale and brussels sprouts. Massaged kale salads or roasted brussels sprouts… it’s a tough call!

  • Sam

    My favourite green veggie is green beans, so clearly I’m pinning this recipe. 🙂 I usually steam mine then toss it with a bit of olive oil, garlic and parmesan – so good!

    • your green beans sound great too! 🙂

  • Megan

    I’m seriously switching to your CSA next year. I wasn’t too impressed with our Spring boxes. I would have to say green beans are my fave green veggie!

  • Kerr

    My csa started again this week too! I love it!

  • I love peas! Sometimes I eat them frozen from the bag because I’m strange like that.

  • Meg

     how did you sign up for your CSA?? i would love to get a box of fresh farm products delivered to me. your green been recipe sounds great

  • Jordan P

    I’m really itching to find a good CSA in my neck of the woods. My issue right now? THere are almost TOO many options.  

    Those apples look gorgeous.

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