Kale Salad45 weeks down & only seven more until the one year anniversary–it seems almost a little surreal. Seasons change and before you know it all those strawberries in the freezer are still frozen still left unused for all those summer time plans you made. The good news is that there is most certainly a long anticipated change in the seasons that we all know is hard to resist: citrus. Growing up a 6th generation Floridian I must say Louisiana most certainly, hands down, grows the juiciest and tastiest citrus I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing in my life.  In the coming months in mid-October you can expect to see satsumas start to appear in your weekly buyers’ club box. Around the holidays and after; oranges (2-3 different varieties), grapefruit, tangerines, and many more will be in your box simultaneously.

Speaking of citrus, a new, very new, cafe opened in the Bywater just about two weeks ago: Satsuma. Satsuma is located at 3218 Dauphine St. and is open Wednesday — Monday from 7:00am to 3:00pm. They offer an ever-changing menu of tasty salads and is a great place to do Sunday brunch; while they don’t offer a brunch menu it is easy to sample just about everything on the menu. The menu offers fresh squeezed organic juices, salads, and sandwiches, as well as, of course, coffee. Our choices from the menu included 2 BLT sandwiches on sourdough at $6 each. We also tried the Kale salad which included dill, chard, fennel, pea shoots, parsley, chopped egg, tomato, avocado, tamari pumpkins tossed in a Parmesan dressing for $8 which is easily split between two people but I could have ate it all-savory and delicate. We also ordered a fruit bowl which definitely is a portion for one but we split it anyway at $3 and for drinks, of course, a double latte for myself at $3.50 and a 16 oz fresh juiced limeade for John at $6. The total bill: $32.16 not bad for a relaxed, no wait for seating, surprisingly Fall-like Sunday morning in August.

Everything issatsuma cafe made to order so it does take a little time, about 15-20 minutes, but it is worth the wait. The building itself and decor is a funky mix and match of chairs and tables, textures, color, fun artwork, vibrant but earthy tones makes a great place to tuck into when you might want to avoid actually going into the office since they also offer Wi-Fi. It is well worth the trip to have an alternative to usual option of eggs, bacon, & toast–so please next time a Sunday rolls around try something a bit different and support a new local establishment.

As for the upcoming changes in your weekly box be sure to keep an eye out for more guavas & guava jelly, avocados (yes, I said avocados), young tender mustard greens, squashes: butternut, blue hubbard, delicata, and more! Right before Labor Day you can expect pastured goat & lamb and be sure to look for another article on pastured meats in the September 1st newsletter.

Recipe: Rice Pudding with Pear & Lime (It’s low fat & tasty!)