Saturday , 20 January 2018

First CSA Box!

So I got off work and meant to go to Jungle Jim’s to pick up some of the food for the cookout, but luckily remembered last minute that I needed to go get my CSA share.

So frustrating!  My GPS on my phone was refusing to work (damn you google maps!) and I knew the general area and street name but didn’t know exactly where it was.  After a fruitless 15 minutes of driving (and almost running out of gas) I finally found the right street.

So it was a bit hilarious actually.  I felt all sneaky and secretive, like something was about to go down.  I parked in front of the house and there were boxes stacked on the porch.  I slowly approached…and…nothing.  For some reason I felt like someone was going to jump out and get me (I don’t know why, it’s not a bad neighborhood).

Then I was confused by what to grab (we couldn’t all have the same shares?) until I realized all of the boxes were neatly labeled with our last names…yay!  I grabbed my box, threw it in the trunk, and drove home.  I actually only live like 4 minutes from the pick up point so it’s pretty convenient.

Image of Week 1 CSA Box

I did feel all dastardly and villainous, running with what felt like a box I stole off someone’s porch (I swear officer, I swear they wanted me to have it).  I immediately opened it after walking through my front door.  I didn’t even stop to give my dog love (much to her disappointment since she’s used to me immediately throwing her ball for her).

Look at my haul!  So colorful and fresh.  My half share got me:

  • 4 huge tomatoes – I had planned to buy 6 tomatoes for the cookout and this upcoming week’s meals but I can cross that off my list.
  • 2 white onions and 2 red onions – always a good thing to have.
  • A bunch of rainbow chard – not sure how I’ll use it yet, I’m thinking a simple sauté with some shallot and garlic?  I’ll think of something.
  • A green pepper, white pepper, and purple pepper?  I’ve never seen white or purple peppers.  I’m pretty excited.  I’m sure they’ll probably taste the same, but it’s going to look nice in a dish.
  • 3 leeks – which can always be used for something.  Oh! Maybe with the chard?

Funny side story, when I was a teenager my mom sent me to the store to get some cabbage for my grandmother.  I definitely came home with lettuce, and they both laughed, and laughed, and laughed.  So I have no clue what that is in the top right corner of the box – it’s the purplish veggie.  Lettuce?  Cabbage?  It’s got to be one of those.

The CSA guy had a little note in each box with a recipe (cute idea) and he writes – “the long stemmed, large leafed vegetables are Swiss Chard.  The long, greenish-white vegetables are leeks.  The rest I think you will be able to identify yourself.”

Um….no.  So I know, use, and love both swiss chard and leeks but I definitely don’t know what that other vegetable is.  I actually just emailed him.  At this point I’m just laughing imaging myself assuming it was cabbage and making cabbage rolls only to have them be wrong because it’s lettuce!  Or vice versa.

I’m pretty happy right now.  I can’t wait to see what I’ll keep getting in the upcoming weeks.

Update: It’s cabbage! Funnily enough, I was actually leaning more towards lettuce.  I think I was confused because I’ve seen red cabbage before, but never one that was that deep in purple color. So what’s the difference between red and green cabbage? After much research (i.e. 5 minutes of surfing) Local Food at About.com said that it’s not much.

And since I was planning on doing grilled cabbage for the cookout, this is perfect.  Hmm, I wonder how my family is going to take red cabbage?

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