First shares distributed


06-06-06 BOver 60 shares were successfully distributed today in the first distribution of the 2006 season for Hellgate CSA. Members arrived between 5:30pm and 7:30pm this evening to meet with the CSA coordinators and other members. The first share included freshly picked strawberries, rhubarb, leeks, red leafy lettuce, and flowering chives.

Chatting among members, and swapping of the organic veggies was seen as people got to know each other. Several community members also stopped by to check it all out.

The CSA is rapidly approaching its maximum capacity for members for the 2006 season, so if you're thinking about joining now is the time to act.

Site goes LIVE


The HellgateCSA site is finally live, and we're now accepting memberships for the 2006 season. There's lots of good info here, so take some time to look it over and let us know if you have any questions.

Caramelised Lima Beans


Courtesy of Laura at

1 pound fresh lima beans, in shell (yield 4 oz. beans)
knob of butter
pinch kosher salt

Steam the beans for about 10 minutes. In a saute pan, heat butter until sizzling, and add beans. Toss to coat with butter, and sprinkle with salt. When beans start browning, toss again, turn down heat to low, and cover. Cook, tossing or stirring occasionally, for at least 15 minutes, and for as long as 30 minutes. The beans will be caramelised on the outside, with softly crispy skin yielding under gentle pressure to reveal a miniature puree in each bite, butter matching butter.