Now don't get me wrong... I love my veggies. I was a vegetarian for over 10 years, and my husband continues to be a vegetarian. We eat vegetarian meals almost every night for dinner, I only occasionally make a separate meat dish for Andy and I. But I have found that since Andy was born I started using a lot of pre-prepared foods to supplement our dinners. No more! We didn't even have a chance to eat a frozen pizza this week, a typical weekly "easy-out" staple for us.
Each week we pick up one box from our local drop off point. We have bought 12 weeks of shared crops from Angelic Organics. We don't get to choose our vegetables... it's all random, depending on the weather for the week and what was harvested. We do get a large variety of seasonal, local vegetables. Rick and I thought this would be a great way to "act locally" through our food choices and stretch ourselves a bit culinary-wise.
This is what was in this week's box...
- 2 Green Leaf Lettuce Heads (looks/tastes great! Last weeks lettuce was "spotty")
- 5 Bell Peppers
- 4 small Jalapeño Peppers
- 1 Eggplant
- 1 bunch Swiss Chard (I have no idea how to cook this!)
- 1 bulb of Fennel (last week was the first time I'd ever eaten fennel... yum!)
- 1 bunch of Celery (the farm told us they were not happy with the variety they grew this year... and it is really strong and sort of woody celery)
- 2 Cucumbers
- 6 ears of Corn
- 1 Honeydew Mellon (last weeks Cantaloupe was supper yummy!)
- 9 Tomatoes
- 1 Bulb of Garlic (looks so moist!)
- 1 Bunch Anise Hyssop (I have never had this herb in my LIFE!)
That's a lot of veggies right?!? And I still have one Zucchini and one Cucumber left from LAST week! Let alone all the fruit in the house! I think we may need to buy a juicer!
My plans for tomorrow... make Corn Soup, Carrot/apricot muffins, and Tzatziki Sauce... maybe some refrigerator pickle slices. It's a full day!
If you'd like to learn more about Angelic Organics I recommend this blog written by another shareholder; 24 boxes.... it's been very inspiring to me. Eating locally grown/raised food is one small way you can reduce your Carbon Footprint. Read One Local Summer for more inspiration... wherever you live.
This sweet little melon had a face... bonus! I didn't even notice until I looked at the pictures!